March Campaign Update

I’ve had a lot of people ask to be kept in the loop regarding our campaign and how we are working for you.


It’s been a wild ride so far. If you’d told me a year ago I’d be meeting with the leadership of Merkel, Texas I would have laughed at you but, here I am, the Democratic candidate for the Texas House and I have to say it’s an honor.


Since we began in December we have been working frantically to turn a loose association of activists and volunteers into a campaign. We have said goodbye to old friends; and hello to new and needed help. We recently added two interns to our team, Christian Brown and Cody Kovar. They are both political science students at McMurry University who plan on pursuing a political future. Their knowledge and enthusiasm has helped to develop our team into a focused campaign machine. In February we had to say a sad farewell to Diane who is off to fight a new fight nearer to her family. We miss her tenacity and guidance. She’ll always be a friend and part of our campaign family.


As I hinted at earlier I’ve been busy meeting with our area city leadership trying to get a grasp on what the issues are facing Taylor, Jones, and Nolan counties. Soon this process will take its next step with our block walking scheduled to start on April 7th in Anson. I hope through our one on one conversations I’m better able to paint a picture of what people actually need instead of going to Austin with lofty, empty ideas. The people’s input is what makes a good representative. I plan on hearing a lot of it.


I recently had the opportunity to speak with and join high school activists demonstrating for political change. It’s heartening to see people so young engaged with the system I myself fell in love with at that age. All over the big country people are organizing around issues they care about and starting a conversation that we desperately need. A GLBT+ allies group has sprung up around the ACU employment discrimination conversation and I was lucky enough to be a part of that conversation. I hope that out of this sadness an active, healthy GLBT+ group will rise to be a part of our community conversation.


Since January we have raised almost $3000 from your generous donations. We have spent about $2000 on road campaign signs, leaflets, stickers, hangers for block walking, and a small amount of advertising. We did this to show the Big Country that Democrats are serious. I reiterate how thankful I am for your continued support. We can’t run a campaign without it.


Speaking of generous donations, Sammy Garcia has donated the use of some empty office space for our campaign headquarters. We currently have people there Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is my hope that we will have the office staffed every workday by the end of May.


The second phase of our campaign kicks off on April 7th. We’ll be meeting in Anson at 10 a.m. to start block walking. Something that hasn’t been done in this area, at this level campaign, in decades. I’ll be there with all our volunteers; talking about what our West Texas sisters and brothers need. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to buy VAN access so we can target our efforts more effectively. This will be the focus of our fundraising efforts through at least April. We also want to plan family friendly events including outdoor movies and block parties in the spring and summer months.


Again, thank you so much for your support. I know our near constant requests for donations and help can be slightly annoying but I promise it’s for an excellent cause, a healthy democracy. I ask that you continue to support us and in your own life, lead by example. Don’t be afraid of your values. Be bold and evangelical about your beliefs. Above all, have faith that what we are doing is for the common, righteous good.


Your friend in love,


Sam Hatton


Proudly, the democratic candidate for Texas House District 71