The Collin County Democratic Party (CCDP) is organized around two main bodies: the Election Apparatus, which consists of the committees, teams, and officers whose major functions involve assisting Democratic candidates in election to public office, and the Administration and Governance Apparatus, which consists of the committees and officers whose principal function involves the administration and governance functions of the Party. The committees and teams that make up these two organizations are staffed by volunteer activists who donate their time and passion to helping the CCDP achieve its mission: to elect more Democrats and to champion the Democratic values of equal opportunity, justice, and to support the common good of all the people, in Collin County, in Texas, and around the nation.
Turn Collin Blue Team
The Turn Collin Blue Team coordinates all aspects of the Election Apparatus of the CCDP. We develop strategies and implement tactics among Communications, Data, Precinct Chair Development, Fundraising, Field Team Operations, Council of Clubs, and Volunteer Coordination. The Committee as a whole is charged with ensuring CCDP achieves its mission of electing Democrats in Collin County.
The Communications Team messages the views, policies, agendas, and platform of the CCDP and TDP to our constituents, potential constituents, and our opponents. We administer and manage the communications platforms of the Party, including the website, social media, email, and other platforms. We work with the CCDP Committees, especially Coordinated Campaign, Fundraising, Events and Outreach, Voter Protection, and Ann Richards Dinner committees to coordinate messaging and outreach.
Director: JC Puckett
We work with the party’s voter organization tools and our fundraising platform and assist precinct chairs and others with data needs from those platforms. We train users who request access to our systems, and advise on any data needs within the party. We manage the Party’s VAN account including creating users and assigning roles, creating scripts, survey questions, report formats, queries, and other items to support field operations. We coordinate with and provide feedback to the TDP data director. Assists with data analysis and development of targeting.
Chair: Amanda Massengale
Fundraising is FUN! In order to raise money for CCDP, Fundraising hosts events, organizes call time and digital fundraising, and sells memberships and merchandise. Fundraising is also responsible for building and maintaining the CCDP brand from a marketing perspective.
Precinct Chair Operations Committee
Chair: Vickie Parker
Precinct Chairs are the lifeblood of a county party and oversees the recruitment, vetting, training and activation of democratic voters stepping forward to reach voters in their precincts, turning them out to vote in every election. Precinct chairs serve a two year term, attend county executive meetings voting on the party business needed to operate.
Candidate Development Team
Team Leaders: Elisa Klein and Steve Lavine
If you step up to run for office, we want to help you get started. We have designed a handbook to take you through the essential next steps after you file for office. We’re also available to you for advice any step of the way as you run for office.
Chair Bea McKnight
This is the CCDP vehicle to ensure that inclusion and diversity are active, vital values used to raise awareness and increase membership among all cultures and communities. Committee goals include education, empowerment, and engagement of all ethnicities and backgrounds regarding the values of the Democratic Party to exercise their right to GET OUT AND VOTE and have their voices heard.
Local Politics Team
Director: Misty Hook
The Local Politics Team dives into recurring city council, school board, and Commissioners Court meetings. Our reports are featured in The Rally every week and can be a valuable asset for anyone who needs to keep up with local events or is considering running for office. We also engage in action items, everything from writing postcards and attending protests to speaking at meetings and talking to our elected officials.
The Administration and Governance Apparatus consists of the committees and officers whose principal function involves the administration and governance functions of the Party. It is organized according to the prevailing organizational chart adopted by the County Executive Committee, and operates under the direction of the Vice Chair who is the chief officer responsible for activities of Party Administration and Governance.
The Administration Committee has jurisdiction over staff, hiring, facilities, organizational structure as per vote of the CEC.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Chairs: Judith Reiter and David Evans
We serve as an advisory, ombudsman and support role to committees for the purpose promoting diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of party operations. This Committee shall coordinate with the Activist Recruitment and Training Committee to develop and maintain a list of activists and precinct chairs which identifies the individual’s profession and special skills so that those qualified to fulfill roles within the party are more readily identifiable.
Chaired by CCDP Treasurer Jon Cocks
The Finance Committee shall assist the County Chair in complying with all financial reporting requirements mandated by Texas law. Budgets and expenditures are confirmed by vote of the CEC.
Rules and Bylaws Committee
Chair: Gavin Nicholson
Rules and Bylaws Committee is responsible for creating rules and bylaws for the CCDP. In its purview shall better define the following concepts: committees, ad hoc committees, standing committees, and subcommittees; shall consider adding to the standards for removal of committee members and committee chairs. In addition, the Rules and Bylaws Committee should consider whether such a body would comport with Texas Democratic Party Rules and Roberts Rules of Order.
Volunteer Coordination Team
Chairs: Macey Burns and Sarmila Bose
Our team reaches out to new volunteers to find out what they are most interested in doing with CCDP and connects them to the team, committee, club, or campaign to get them started. We also reach out to our pool of volunteers when our committees or teams need help with events or campaign activities. Volunteers are the life-blood of the Democratic party, and we want to make sure everyone is appreciated and has a place in CCDP.
Voting Rights Committee
Chair: Tom Adair
The Voting Rights Committee protects voting rights, advocates for policies that strengthen and expand the franchise, educates the public about voting, expands the electorate, and furthers Democratic principles in Collin County. As the United States Supreme Court has stated, the right to vote is fundamental because it is protective of all other rights.
Voter Deputy Registration Team
Volunteer Deputy Registrar Leads (VDR Leads) define the process and importance of the Volunteer Deputy Registrar role, facilitate training and certification of VDRs, maintain a database and email list of current VDRs, and contribute to planning and execution of voter registration events in the County year round.