Weatherford Democrat

September 12, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Make Texas a voting state

Weatherford Democrat

Make Texas a voting state

Dear Editor,

As the political season begins to pick up speed, with Greg Abbott’s announcement to run for governor and awaiting Wendy Davis’ announcement if she will run for senate or the governor, it’s a good time to reflect on what matters most to you, a Parker County Texan, to ensure the next six years echo your personal viewpoint. I picked a few of my own to provoke your thought process.

I believe every Texan wants a productive government, a government that works towards rewarding honest hard work with a living wage in a tax system that is fair.

I don’t think most Texans want economic and social status to dictate what level of education is funded by the state but would rather see a solid education given to every resident in Texas in hopes of their becoming a productive citizen, which in turns lowers crime rate, prison overpopulation, welfare and Medicaid costs.

I also believe most everyone wants freedom from the government in his or her private life, but still wants protection from terrorism and for the Texas environment so that we have safer air and cleaner water for generations to come.

These are just a few of the issues I think we will see mentioned along the campaign trail.  Research is the key! Research each candidate. Know in your heart that he or she will labor toward a government that will make Texas stronger with equality for all those who work hard and play by the rules in pursuit of the American dream.

Then register to vote if you haven’t already. Registering and then voting is the only sure way to make your voice heard.  Donating of funds, making time for phone banking, visiting door to door are things needed in each election, but if you don’t vote, in the end, it doesn’t count!

Paul Begala, a strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, stated, “Texas isn’t a red state. It’s a non-voting state.”

Parker County’s 2008 primary election had 68,503 eligible voters, yet just 24,423 voted (36 percent) in an election year where the first African American man and the first woman were running for president. This was one of the biggest elections of all time and just 36 percent of Parker County’s eligible voters actually cast ballots. Parker County’s 2012 primary had 73,633 eligible voters and just 13,741 voted (19 percent).

Let’s show the rest of Texas we, in Parker County, want our votes to count in 2014. Contact me at 214-385-3662 or email me at to get involved so Democrats can keep the United States Senate, take back the United States Congress and show Texas’ true blue color!

Game on!

Penny McCool, Chair, Parker County Democratic Party