Austin, TX — Last week, Bexar County approved an emergency public health declaration that prevents events hosting over 50 people from happening through the time we have scheduled our state convention in San Antonio.
As a result, the Texas Democratic Party will be shifting our convention to an innovative, digital space, hosting the largest online convention and virtual experience in Democratic Party history. More information to come soon.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“COVID-19 has impacted every facet of our lives. To keep people safe, engage Texans everywhere, and adapt to the challenges we face, the 2020 Texas Democratic Convention will take place online. Our tactics have changed, but our goals for 2020 have not.
“Our virtual experience will be fun, exciting, and keep everybody safe during this difficult time.
“As the largest state convention in the country, the Texas Democratic Party knows that we have an obligation to Texas Democrats everywhere to make this convention open to everyone. We view this as an opportunity to do something groundbreaking: by moving into a digital forum, we will make it easier for individuals across Texas to participate by removing barriers associated with travel costs, missed work, or physical ability. We also have the opportunity to innovate our convention business. By designing these systems now, we stay ahead of the curve and continue to be a leader among state parties who are operationalizing digital systems year over year. It will be the cutting edge of what technology has to offer and an example of how conventions are going to look in the future. I have the utmost confidence in our team’s ability to host this historic event.
“Make no mistake, there will be a Texas Democratic Convention, and the Party’s business will be done. Next month, there will be additional announcements and detailed instructions for what you can expect at our convention and how participation will occur.”