Officers and Executive Board

Letter from the President

Dear “Raring-to-Go” Democratic Ladies,

Don’t you find it frustrating to look ahead to the political contests in the Democratic Primary while observing CDC Guidelines? I remember rallies before 2020, with all the cheering and hugging, looking forward to the next event and hoping for a BIG turnout. With omicron cases on the rise, including hundreds of infected kids in local schools, it is a relief when a gathering is small and shared with trusted friends and family.

Yet, if Democrats are to prevail in November, we will have to contact strangers with a lot of enthusiasm and hold them close so we can influence them to vote. Some commentators have said that the Democrats lost some close races in 2020 because Democrats were advised not to campaign in person, door to door, to avoid COVID. We were encouraged to donate more money for TV ads and robocalls.

Despite our disadvantage in “base” numbers in Bandera, Gillespie and Kerr, if we call on voters who are undecided or hesitant to vote we can boost turnout and provide those essential extra votes to get our state-wide candidates over the line. Republicans’ underhanded efforts to win through gerrymandering will have no impact on STATEWIDE races! Keep in mind that Biden-Harris held Trump to 52.5% in Texas without knocking on doors.

My husband, Rick and I recently watched Seabiscuit again on TV and really enjoyed this special movie. We were reminded that the horse that was considered small, with a one-eyed jockey, had a big heart and did not like to lose. He was victorious! As Democrats, we also need to fight hard to win. Even if we are still in our masks.

From my KN95 to yours!

President

Stephanie

President, Stephanie Ertel

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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

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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

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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

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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)

President: Stephanie Ertel – ertels@mac.com
Vice President: Lynette Wedig – lwedig@me.com
Secretary: Linda Stegall – lindastegall@hotmail.com
Treasurer: Julie Sentell – jmsentell@icloud.com

Standing Committee Chairs:

Membership Chair: Jackie Ramirez – jackieramirez27@gmail.com

Legislative: Mary Ellen Summerlein – mects@ktc.com

Public Relations &Newsletter: Coral Adema – cadema@stx.rr.com

HCTDW Board

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