News and Events

Relay for Life of Kerr County

Democrats in Kerr County continue to support Relay for Life of Kerr County, the annual community fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. “Dems for a Cure” is registered as a Relay team, with Stephanie Ertel as the team leader. 

The ACS has set Friday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hill Country Youth Exhibition Center as the date, time and place for Relay 2021. While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have decreased in Kerr County, the vaccination rate is low, so plans for an in-person event have not been finalized.

In 2020, Relay for Life was in full swing with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” as our campsite theme when the event was canceled due to restrictions on large gatherings in Texas.

Democrats are encouraged to join our team online at Relay for Life of Kerr County. Relay for Life is a grass roots community event sponsored by Dems for a Cure every year since 2008.

Mary Ellen Summerlin

Hill Country Chapter Texas Democratic Women are happy to announce that one of its own, Mary Ellen Summerlin, is running for Place 1 on the Kerrville City Council. Part of our Mission Statement says that “We promote the influence of Democratic women in Texas politics and government, with an emphasis on electing progressive, open-minded candidates at the local and state levels.” The candidates for city council are not running as party candidates, thus Mary Ellen is not running as a Democrat.  

Mary Ellen is running because she believes the progress the current city council has made in the quality of life for Kerrville citizens must continue. In a press release she stated “Our city continues to make improvements to our parks, roads, water system and planning more housing opportunities- all making Kerrville THE place to live and work in the Hill Country.”

Community involvement is second nature to Mary Ellen. She served on the City Council as an appointed member in 2016. She and her husband, Tim, received the Citizen of the Year Award in 2014. Her experience as the former Executive Director of the Riverside Nature Center, past President of Habitat for Humanity, Board member of the Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District and former Mayor of Port Arthur make her an excellent candidate to serve on the city council.   

Early voting begins Monday April 19. General Election voting-Saturday, May 1. All voting will be at the Cailloux City Center 910 Main Street 

Breaking Glass Ceilings – It’s What We Do!

New Registration deadline: 5 p.m., March 31 

New Meeting dates: April 10-11

This year’s Convention will celebrate the election of Vice-President Kamala Harris. It will be one to remember in more ways than one. Not only have we gone online with this Convention, but it is now postponed to April 10-11 following 100-year low temperatures that have crippled Texas.

Online, attendees will be able to join in the Annual Meeting from a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone using Chrome as your browser and our meeting software platform, Whova. No travel, hotel reservations, meals or formal attire equired this year, and registration is $30 for everyone.

Please note: Your membership dues for 2021 must be submitted by your chapter to TDW prior to the Convention in order to be eligible to run for TDW office, vote on organization business, or to receive a Star Award.

The link to register is in the Texas Democratic Women newsletter sent to members on March 19, 2021, or by going to the Texas Democratic Women website: and registering on Act Blue.

Democratic Events

Around the Hill Country 

Please refer to websites and other contact information

for updates on area activities.

Kerr County Democratic Party

Go to to learn about Democratic activities in Kerr County.

To receive emails from the  Kerr County Democratic Party, email and ask to be added to the mailing list.

Bandera County Democratic Club

For information, write Eloise Clayton at ekc@att,net.

Chair of the Bandera County Democratic Party: Lynn Oliver, 210-687-9701

Gillespie County Democrats

Gillespie County Democratic Party Headquarters, 209 N. Crockett, Suite 1, Fredericksburg 

For information, go to

Democratic Women of Comal County

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Medina County Democrats