Monday, December 19, 2005


DH: Local party has full slate of officers - Dec. 19

Abilene, Dec. 19 - The Taylor County Democratic Party ends the year with a full slate of officers for the 2006-08 term, County Chair Dave Haigler said at a meeting last night at party headquarters.

Dave re-ups with AliceHaigler, seen at right with Alice Spier as an assistant party secretary, signed & filed his own application with Alice to serve another term as county chair. "We've appointed all our office volunteers as assistant secretaries for the convenience of candidate filings anytime the office is open," Haigler said.

Haigler said, "2006 will be a watershed year for us as the opposition party, when 2/3rds of the public polled feel we are losing in Iraq and need to set a timetable for ending that misbegotten war, and people are fed up with the corruption and indictments in Austin and Washington. We have good local candidates for congress and state representative -- Robert Ricketts and Mel Hailey, with a possible contested race or two -- and some good statewide candidates as well -- Barbara Radnofsky for U.S. Senate and David Van Os for Texas Attorney General. 2006 is going to be our year."

The headquarters were open during the meeting for a drop-in celebrating Haigler's 60th birthday, which actually is today.

Haigler conduced a County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting last night for the purpose of nominating and electing a vice chair and secretary of the party. Haigler nominated Sharon Norman, an active party volunteer and precinct-chair nominee, for secretary, saying she was a recent McMurry graduate and dedicated Democrat. Norman was elected unanimously.

Haigler nominated Erasmo Martinez for vice chair. Questions were raised about the wisdom of the party getting involved in a local LULAC controversy, since Martinez had been recently suspended as LULAC Abilene Council 605 president by the LULAC District 5 board of directors. Haigler said the local LULAC Council is handling the controversy well, without partisan involvement, and has a vice president chairing the group pending Martinez's appeal of his suspension. Roger Spier said Martinez is a very dedicated hard worker. Haigler said a leader like Martinez would not be available for long, as he would find other challenges if the party does not welcome his participation. Roger said the party needs leaders who will take a strong stand and risk controversy. Martinez was elected unanimously as party vice chair.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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