The Primary Results are In!

March 6th Primary Results

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Last week Texas had a record voter turnout for the primary elections. And although over 1 million Democratic voters turned out, 1.5 million Republican voters turned out as well.

Here are some highlights from the elections:

  • Beto O’Rourke received 61.8% of the Democratic votes for U.S. Senate and will face Ted Cruz in the Fall.
  • Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston businessman Andrew White will head into a runoff in May to secure the Democratic nomination for governor.

And, for the first time in Dallas’ HRC history, there are three HRC members in the mix:

  • HRC endorsed candidate for State Senate District 8, Mark Phariss defeated Brian Chaput and will face Republican nominee Angela Paxton this fall.
  • HRC endorsed candidate for State House District 115, Julie Johnson defeated Rock Bower in the primary and will face Republican incumbent Matt Rinaldi this fall.
  • In U.S. House District 3, Lorie Burch will face Sam Johnson in a runoff on May 22nd.

Congratulations to Mark, Julie and Lorie.  We still have a lot of work to do to help those facing runoffs in May and elections in the Fall.  Please make time to volunteer to canvass, block walk, and/or phone bank for these worthy candidates. Monetary donations of any amount are also vital to all three campaigns!

Meet Shayom Ortiz


It may not be apparent to everyone how many people it takes to run the DFW Federal Club and Federal Club Council.Throughout this year we will spotlight Governing Committee members, as well as Governors and Directors in our newsletters.
This week we introduce you to Shayom Ortiz. Shayom has been an active member of HRC since 2015 committed to the mission of LGBTQ equality. Shayom is currently in his first year as an acting member of the Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors. He sits on the DFW Federal Club Governing Committee and is the Recruiting Chair. He also serves as the DFW Federal Club Council event co-chair.  

Professionally, Shayom is an anesthesiologist practicing in the DFW area for the last 9 years. Shayom and his fiancé, Josh Cox, enjoy scuba diving, relaxing on a beach with a cocktail, and spending time together with their two beautiful, but slightly spoiled baby dogs.

HRC’s  DFW Steering Committee News

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This week we highlight the Fairway to Equality (FTE) committee. This year’s DFW FTE Co-Chairs, Elaine Dausy & Ingrid Duggan, along with their growing committee of volunteers are currently planning the 2018 festivities. The Fairway to Equality Golf Tournament has been around for over 20 years in Dallas. In the early 2000’s, it became an event for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and has grown to the big tournament weekend that it is today. To date, the DFW Calcutta and Tournament event has raised over $800,000 in proceeds for HRC and has provided a blueprint for HRC communities around the country. 
The 2018 FTE Calcutta and Tournament weekend and will be held in June.  Keep your eyes out for additional information regarding the kickoff party, sponsorship opportunities, team registration and more.  It’s never too early to start thinking about putting a team together!

If you’re interested in volunteering, let us know!

Planned Parenthood 2018 Annual Awards Luncheon

Friday, March 23rd is the 28th Dallas Annual Awards Luncheon. This signature event directly supports Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' healthcare and education services for women, men and young people in North and Central Texas.  The keynote speaker this year will be Cynthia Nixon, an Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner, and star of stage, screen, and television. If you would like to sponsor or purchase a ticket, click here!

Upcoming Events:

March 16  Mixer:
6P to 8P at Sallio Itallio
3232 McKinney Ave, Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75202
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March 22nd – 25th:  HRC Equality Convention in Washington, D.C.
A yearly conference where present and future leaders gather to exchange ideas on what’s going on in our communities across the country. 

March 24th – GLFD Green Tie for Green Haus
7P to 11P
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April 14th: Spring Luncheon
10:30 to 1:00 at the Tower Club
1601 Elm Street, 48th Floor
Dallas, TX 75201
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April 19th: Thursday Happy Hour
6P to 8P at Ross and Hall Beer Garten
3300 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
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Yours in Equality,

Linda Reyes-Hart and Nancy Caldwell