Dallas County Democrats Gathering to Raise Money, Resist Donald Trump

Dallas County Democrats on Monday will gather for the party's annual fundraiser and showcase their dominance in county politics.But this year's Johnson Jordan Dinner is more than just raising money needed for the 2018 elections. Party leaders want to turn the growing resistance movement against President Donald Trump into electoral gains in 2018 and beyond.Dallas County Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Donovan said the Trump's election and its aftermath, including last week's vote in the House to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, has spurred activists into action."That has put a lot of energy in the fight to reclaim the White House," Donovan said. "The dinner will be about unity and reclaiming the White House."Former Democratic presidential contender Martin O'Malley is the event's keynote speaker. O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, finished the 2016 presidential primary behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.The dinner is an opportunity for candidates to be in the same room with activists and party donors.Because Democrats now win most countywide races, the compelling contests are frequently in the primary, which is set for March.Donovan said a major goal for the party is the retake the Dallas County District attorney's office.In 2014 Republican Susan Hawk scored an upset victory over incumbent Craig Watkins. Hawk resigned last year amid a battle with mental illness. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed former state District Judge Faith Johnson to finish Hawk's term.Former state District Judges John Creuzot and Elizabeth Frizell are seeking the Democratic nomination for district attorney.The VIP reception starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.  Continue reading...

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