Letter from the President
As I close the book on this year of service as your President, I am hopeful that 2022 will be a magical year for Democrats. With Beto O’Rourke leading the ticket and with qualified, strong candidates for Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller and other statewide offices, Democrats could take over the Executive Branch in 2023.
A Democratic takeover at the State level is a real possibility, despite the outrageous redistricting efforts of Texas Republicans. I am looking forward to the day when we can say “Goodbye!” to Abbott, Patrick and Paxton.
The recent Lyceum annual poll showed Abbott at 42% and O’Rourke at 40% with a significant number of voters undecided. One commentator I heard on public radio observed that “Texans are tired of Greg Abbott”. And that was before he interfered with commercial traffic at the border and threatened to bus asylum seekers to Washington DC. Even some prominent GOP leaders have called his recent moves “political theater.”
I recently woke from a dream repeating a favorite verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Behold, all things have become new” in a political context. Remember the impact of Ann Richards when she took over State Government in 1991. Her popularity soared to over 70% as her administration opened the doors of government to women and a diverse group of men. Filling all the statewide offices with Democrats in 2023 would definitely give Texas a bright new look.
The Hill Country Chapter stands 100 strong with room to grow in the coming chapter year. Thank you all for showing your commitment to Democratic values and the future of Texas.
President, Stephanie Ertel
Stephanie Ertel is a retired lawyer who grew up in Kerrville, and returned in 2006 after a legal career in Dallas. Stephanie and her husband, Rick, are very concerned about environmental issues and immigration policy that affects asylum-seekers.
Stephanie and Rick live in Mountain Home on sixty acres in a home that depends on rainwater and solar energy. An active Democrat for all her adult life, Stephanie was a candidate for District 53 State Representative in 2016 and 2018. Stephanie has served on the board of HCCTDW as President (2009-2011), Vice President (2008-2009 and 2020-2021), Public Relations Chair and Legislative Chair.
Vice President, Lynette Wedig
Lynette and her husband Tony retired to Kerrville in 2019 to be closer to grandchildren. She was born and raised in South Texas, lived in San Antonio, and moved to New Mexico when her children attended Texas Tech University. Lynette is active in the Kerr County Democratic Party as the Precinct Chair for Precinct 220.
Lynette is a retired Texas public and private school math teacher and a New Mexico Community College Professor, who was always an active member of the American Federation of Teachers. Prior to moving to Kerrville, Lynette’s community involvement included service on numerous community boards (zoning and planning, chamber of commerce, hunger and homelessness coalitions, church, and the arts) and in positions related to her impressive keyboard skills, as musical director and keyboardist at church, for a musical theater, and as a performer in several bands and combos.
Secretary, Linda Stegall
Linda was born in Beaumont, Texas but moved to Louisiana for a few years, then later moved to Houston, where she went through grade school. She graduated from the University of Houston with a teaching degree and taught special education for twenty-six years.
Linda’s husband is a retired special education teaches. Her son is a computer specialist and is married with three sons and lives in Dallas. Her daughter is a lawyer teaching English to law students in France. She lives in Rully, France and is married to a French wine salesman and has three teenage children.
During the twenty-two years they have lived in Kerrville, they have traveled a lot, visiting their daughter in France many times and have loved the sights in Paris. They love living in Kerrville and the hill country. Linda is on the board of American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, and has joined four book groups. It is good to stay busy and enjoy life to the fullest. The communication committee has been fun to work on for Texas Democratic Women.
Treasurer, Julie Sentell
Julie moved to Kerrville at the end of August 2011 when she retired from Western Texas College in Snyder as director of international student services, one of several positions she held there. She was born and raised in Amarillo and lived in Austin and Snyder prior to her move to Kerrville.
Julie has participated in community activities wherever she lived, serving on non-profit boards, and volunteering with community service organizations. Since moving to Kerrville, she has shared her time with several local non-profits, including the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, the Hill Country Vocal Arts Society, the League of Women Voters-Hill Country Texas, Schreiner University, and Kerr Konnect. She has also served the Hill Country Chapter-Texas Democratic Women as Treasurer (2020-2021) and Newsletter Editor (2014-2016).
Contact Information for Officers (2021-2022)
Standing Committee Chairs:
Membership Chair: Jackie Ramirez – email@example.com
Legislative: Mary Ellen Summerlein – firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations &Newsletter: Coral Adema – email@example.com
The board meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Doyle School Community Center, 110 W. Barnett Street, Kerrville. Anyone interested is welcome to attend HCTDW Board