About the DCDP

The Dallas County Democratic Party is a county-level organization that provides support for Democratic candidates and voters in Dallas County. We work with the Texas Democratic Party and Democratic National Committee. The Texas Democratic Party supports local county parties and candidates all across Texas.

We are committed to expanding opportunity for every Dallas County resident. That commitment is reflected in an agenda that emphasizes strong economic growth, affordable health care for all Americans, retirement security, open, honest and accountable government, and securing our nation while protecting our civil rights and liberties. If immigration reform, criminal justice reform, civil rights and liberties, equal pay, clean drinking water and clean air are important to you, vote Democratic!

Leadership | SDEC Members | Committees | Advisory Council

Leadership

The official head of the Dallas County Democratic Party is the County Chair, who is elected during the Democratic Primary every two years.  The County Chair is responsible for developing the policies and goals on which the party will focus during the next election and beyond.  The Executive Director, who works to implement the policies and goals set forth by the County Chair, handles the day-to-day activities within the party itself.  The Executive Director is hired by the County Chair.

The DCDP also keeps an Office Manager and a Bookkeeper on staff.  The Office Manager is responsible for maintaining the DCDP Offices located at 4209 Parry Avenue.   The Office Manager performs regular administrative duties within the office and manages any additional staff, volunteers or interns whom the DCDP may be employing.  The Bookkeeper is responsible for tracking the financial affairs of the party, which include managing contributions, payments, and other bills.

The Party Secretary is elected by the members of the Executive Committee.  The role of the Party Secretary is to record the minutes of each Executive Committee meeting, and to assist the County Chair in running the Executive Committee meeting.  The Party Treasurer is ultimately responsible for party finances and ensures that the DCDP complies with State and Federal law.  The Party Treasurer also heads the Financial Affairs committee, and is appointed by the County Chair.

Position

Summary

Carol Donovan
County Chair
Carol Donovan was elected County Chair on March 1, 2016. She is an attorney, mediator, and fundraiser who has been a Precinct Chair and was the first woman President of the University of Texas at Austin student body. In 2014 she was the Democratic candidate for State Representative in House District 107.  
Email Carol@dallasdemocrats.org

Carmen Ayala
Executive Director

Carmen Ayala was born and raised in East Dallas. She is a graduate of Skyline High School, El Centro College, and Texas Woman's University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Political Science. Carmen has been with the Party since 2012.
Email Carmen@dallasdemocrats.org 

Emma
Nelson

Financial Director
Emma joined our team in 2013 as the party's part-time bookkeeper, after serving almost daily in 2012 as a "Fellow" with Organizing for America, President Obama's grassroots campaign. Currently, Emma is an adjunct mathematics professor with the Dallas County Community College District''s Eastfield Campus & Ana G. Mendez University (Based out of Puerto Rico). She serves as the treasurer of Dallas County East Democrats 
Email Emma@dallasdemocrats.org

Chris Nguyen
Special Projects Manager

Chris Nguyen coordinate events, and works the DCDP Internship Program, and helps with recruitment of volunteers and new precinct chairs. She is the VAN Administrator for Dallas County Democrats and will conduct VAN trainings to help precinct chairs and volunteers.  Email chris@dallasdemocrats.org 

Zach Bullard
Political Director
Zach Bullard was born and raised in Dallas County. He got involved in politics during President Obama's re-election campaign and joined DCDP in 2014. Zach is liaison between Democratic Clubs and Democratic Party Staff.
Email Zach@dallasdemocrats.org
Tessa McGlynn
Communications Director
Tessa graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas. She's a precinct chair and member of the Advisory Council. 
Email Tessa@dallasdemocrats.org
Gary Garcia
Party Secretary
Gary, a native Dallasite, has been a life-long Democrat since the second grade when he saw President Kennedy that fateful day, November 22, 1963. Early on, his parents taught and encouraged Democratic involvement by participating in numerous campaigns and neighborhood precinct caucuses. He has continued his involvement as Precinct Chair, and he has proudly and faithfully served as Party Secretary since 2005.
Email Gary@dallasdemocrats.org

David Bradley
Party Treasurer

David Bradley was appointed DCDP Treasurer in January of 2017, having served previously as Treasurer from 2007 - 2015 and Party bookkeeper from January of 1992 through June of 1995.  He is Chair of Precinct 4624, a former State Democratic Executive Committeeman representing Senate District 16 from 2008 - 2012 and had the honor of being the Democratic nominee for Dallas County Tax Assessor-Collector in 1992.

Zulikha Hussain
Muslim Outreach Director

Zulikha Hussain is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University, a Texas Licensed commercial Real estate agent and an interfaith activist turned to a Political Activist this year due to the Rhetoric the Republican nominee was uttering about Muslims.She has joined the Dallas Democrat party because she has personally experienced the love, inclusion and stronger together slogan at it's best, this year from the Democratic Party. She has pledged to work with all other DFW Muslim organizations to ensure that Dallas Muslims get educated and become the integral part of the political process and exercise their voting rights. 

Email: zforabetterworld@gmail.com 

Bill Howell
Roundup Editor
Bill Howell currently edits the weekly DCDP email Roundup, Chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, and is Scribe and Parliamentarian of the Advisory Council. Bill was Dallas County Democratic Party Chair from 1999 to 2002, acted as Interim Executive Director from July through December 2013, and served as Parliamentarian at Executive Committee meetings when Darlene Ewing was Chair.
Email BillHowellDCDP@yahoo.com
 

State Democratic Executive Committee

If you have spent time working with the Dallas County Democratic Party or attended an Executive Meeting, you probably have heard the term “SDEC” being mentioned.  SDEC stands for State Democratic Executive Committee; it is a special body created by the Texas Democratic State Party and is separate from the Dallas County Democratic Party. The State Democratic Executive Committee's mission is to: "Carry on the activities of the Party between State Conventions in compliance with the law and with the directives of the Convention." 

The SDEC is composed of elected TDP officers, one female and one male representative from each of Texas' 31 Senate Districts (SDs), one female and one male representative from the Asian American Democrats, Coalition of Black Democrats, County Chairs Association, Democrats with Disabilities, Hispanic Caucus, Non-Urban/Ag Caucus, Stonewall Democrats, Texas Democratic Women (two female representatives), Texas Environmental Democrats and Texas Young Democrats. Democratic National Committee members also attend SDEC meetings.

More concise information about the SDEC can be found at this link

Current SDEC Members from Dallas County

Steve A. Tillery
Senate District 2
Committeeman

Garland
(214) 534-7973
satillery@gmail.com

Alieca Hux
Senate District 2
Committeewoman

Sulphur Springs
(903) 243-1797
hhux@neto.com

Zach Bullard
Senate District 8
Committeeman

Dallas
(214) 459-7022
txsdec8@gmail.com

Sharon Hirsch
Senate District 8
Committeewoman

Collin

(972) 740-6015

hirsch.sharon@gmail.com

Gracie Cortez
Senate District 9
Committeewoman

Grand Prairie
(214) 926-0246

gcortez@swbell.net 

Michael McPhail
Senate District 9
Committeeman

Irving
(972) 922-6295
mmcphail1974@gmail.com

Susan Bradley

Senate District 16
Committeewoman

Dallas
(214) 718-5808
hypatiasm@earthlink.net

David Griggs
Senate District 16
Committeeman

Dallas
(214) 244-5979
texvol@aol.com

Jeff Strater
Senate District 23
Committeeman

Dallas
(214) 893-1336
 Jeffstrater@gmail.com 

Natesha “Shay” Wyrick-Cathey 
Senate District 23
Committeewoman

Dallas
(214) 850-9285
shaywyrick@yahoo.com

Asian American Democrats- Dallas County

Francine Ly
tel. 972.863.2935

Coalition of Black Democrats- Dallas County

Daniel Clayton
tel. 214.946.9378

Coalition of Dallas County Latino Precinct Chairs

Rebecca Arredondo
214.354.7185

David Perez Hurley
214.769.2700

Non-Urban/Ag Caucus- Dallas County

Bill Brannon
tel. 903.439.1177

JoAnn Jenkins
tel. 972.897.0963

Stonewall Democrats- Dallas County

Jay Narey
tel. 214.207.4462

Carol Cappa
tel. 817.306.8874

Texas Democratic Women

Carol Jablonski 
tel. 214.907.1789

Committees

The Committees of the DCDP provide recommendations regarding formal policies, programs and procedures to the Advisory Council for the activities of the Party, and monitor implementation of these adopted recommendations. The Executive Committee and Chair may also create ad hoc committees as needed to provide recommendations regarding policies not within the purview of a standing committee. An example of an ad hoc committee would be the Rules Committee formed in 2009 to review DCDP party rules and make recommendations to help streamline the organization. The chair of each standing committee must be a Precinct Chair, and is responsible for reporting to the Advisory Council that committee's recommendations or findings. The members of each committee are accepted by the committee chair as Democrats having knowledge or expertise related to the specific committee and a commitment to the principles of the Democratic Party.

Committee Name

Chair

Regular Meetings

Candidate Recruitment Carolyn Morris As needed
Civil Rights Shayan Elahi As needed
Diversity Recruitment Frances Rizo As needed
Financial Affairs David Bradley As needed
Financial Audit Currently Inactive As needed
Fundraising As needed
Information Technology Jim Burke As needed
Outreach & Communication Currently Inactive As needed
Precinct Chair Matters Erica Cole 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Visitors are welcome
Strategic Planning Bill Howell As needed
Youth Recruitment Herlinda Resendiz As needed

DCDP Advisory Council

The Advisory Council coordinates the development and adoption of policies by the DCDP standing committees, and reports its recommendations to the Executive Committee. In addition, the Advisory Council provides advice and counsel to the Chair of the DCDP.  The Executive Committee created the Advisory Council in 2005 to assist in the reorganization of the Dallas County Democratic Party.  Since that time, the Advisory Council has taken on the role of providing oversight for other party committees.

The goals of the Advisory Council are

  • Provide advice and counsel to the Dallas County Democratic Chair
  • Coordinate the development and adoption of policy for the DCDP
  • Provide support to the DCDP as requested by the Party Chair or Executive Committee
  • Establish, govern, and dissolve committees to assist this support.

When does the Advisory Council meet?

The Advisory Council meets at the offices of the Dallas County Democratic Party on the first Thursday of every month.  Meetings are open for any Democrat to attend and listen.  However, only representatives of the Advisory Council itself may vote on measures brought forth to the council.  Please check the DCDP's Community Calendar for the next upcoming Advisory Council meeting.  Alternate members vote only when they are replacing an absent representative from their district.

How can I join the Advisory Council?

Members to the Advisory Council are elected by the Executive Committee.  A full election for every member on the Council takes place during the first quarter of every odd-numbered year.  The Executive Committee will hold an election in between this period in order to fill vacant seats on the Advisory Council.  Members of the Executive Committee will break into caucuses based on Texas House District.  Members elected to the Advisory Council serve for a term of two years, but can run for re-election every two years.  There are no limits on the number of terms a member can serve.

Where can I find the Official By-Laws for the DCDP Advisory Council?

All documents relating to By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the DCDP are kept under the section DCDP Party By-Laws under Resources.  The By-Laws document goes into much greater detail about the Advisory Council than the general summary provided on this page.  If you are interested in joining the Advisory Council, we strongly suggest you review the Advisory Council's By-Laws document to better understand its rules and requirements.  You can find the documented By-Laws at this link: DCDP Advisory Council By-Laws.

Advisory Council Members

HD

Pct

First

Last

Home/Cell

100 1059 Erica Cole 214-321-1159
100 1065 Kevin Felder 214-559-6999
100 -Alt 1 1112 Diego Ayala 469-826-1041
100 -Alt 2 3022 Marilynn  Mayse 214-475-3735
102
2042
Bob Franklin 972-732-7712
102 -Alt 1504 Christine Asberry Milazzo 214-632-1609
103 4086 David Perez Hurley 214-769-2700
103 4119 Stephen Birch 214-550-1450
103 -Alt1 4018 Morgan Manser 214-616-3367
103 -Alt2 4077 Rebecca Carter 972-273-9695
104 4035 Roberto Jr. Alonzo 214-339-3397
104 -Alt 3084 Gloria James 985-514-3196
105  4624 David Bradley 214-213-1994
105 -Alt 4611 Dick Dobson 972-790-5512
107 3300 Lynda J. Hall 972-226-4042
107 -Alt 3701 Maria Romero 469-733-0584
108 2220 Tom Blackwell 214-361-5275
108 -Alt 3009 Gary Foster 214-828-4254 /
214-763-5294
109 3802 Carolyn Morris 469-261-5241
109 -Alt 1 3058 Phyllis  Arceneaux 214-371-7833
109 3108 Connie Cook 330-465-6259
109 -Alt 2 3806 Sherri Williams 214-681-9875
110 1314 Lisa Williams 214-718-5065
110 -Alt 1 3039 Michael King 214-457-4855
110 3097 Tiffany Pratt 214-395-1555
110 -Alt 2 1092 Herlinda Resendiz 214-714-1886
111   3082 Johnetta Williams - Jordan 214-263-2504
111 -Alt 1 3203 Carla Reynolds-Grogan 972-780-4640
111 3057 Frederick D. Lewis 214-564-8237
111 -Alt 2 3205 Shirley Brown 972-283-8345
112 2700 Rachel Baker Ford 972-530-6484
112 -Alt 2702 Bill Shipp 903-640-6217
113 2710 Leala Green 972-530-7951
113 -Alt 4115 Kenneth Smith 214-329-0319
114 1005 Traci Williams 214-536-2941
114 -Alt 2020 Rollin Gary 214-739-3355
115 2305 Paul Heller 972-620-1703
115-Alt 2307 Christopher Burge 972-816-9635
 Scribe and Parliamentarian  2067 Tracy  Yoo Clinton 214-801-4346

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