Week 33: Sure you’re mad, but are you donating?

If you’ve ever been a part of a volunteer-based organization or church, you are well versed in the “time, talent, treasure” pitch. It’s some summary of a few Bible verses, as best I can tell. I’m tempted to check with God to see if we can add Twitter to the mix, so I’ll let you now how that goes. If we can, I assure you I Am Killing It.

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So today, we’re going to talk about the treasure part. It’s the last day of the month and it seems, from the emails and social media posts, that candidates for the 2018 election have monthly fundraising goals they need to meet.

So who are you sending money to?

I won’t suggest specific people, because you likely have your own favorites wherever you live. But I’ll tell you who I’m giving money to. They are divided into two categories: People I can vote for and people I can’t vote for.

So far, the two most important elections in my voting purview are the people running against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. I’m also watching to see who runs against Texas Governor Greg Abbott and, crucially, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, aka, the Trump of Texas. But for now, we’ll focus on Sessions and Cruz, bringing me to Colin Allred and Beto O’Rourke:

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Colin Allred goes to my church and seems to be the frontrunner challenging U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions. So I ❤️ him.
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Sen. Ted Cruz. Need I say more? Beto O’Rourke has lots of energy behind him. So I’m adding to it.

So those are easy. These people directly affect my district. That’s the best case of how we did politics before November 8. But now we know differently. Now we know we have to be strategic and care about more than our specific districts and interests. So who can you support that you can’t vote for? I pick these two — both running in districts close to mine and both with a personal connection. They are Brandy K. Chambers and Jana Lynne Sanchez.

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Brandy and I bonded on politics shortly after we both married into our husband’s family. She’s married to my husband’s cousin and we shared multiple margaritas shortly after Trump’s election. She’s a busy working mom, like many of us. She is the primary breadwinner in her family. She decided after Trump’s election that she had no choice but to figure out how to do all that and run for office.  
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Jana and I connected in one of the million Pantsuit FB groups shortly after the election. She noticed we shared a hometown and quickly figured out we went to the same high school. She is out there every day doing good for the progressive party in rural Texas. And yes, that’s as difficult as it sounds.

So, who’s on your list? Shoot them a few bucks before you bust out the long weekend beer and burgers. Because, democracy.

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