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Local Democrats to Select New Executive Committeeman at Convention

Democrats from the 31st Senate District of Texas will select their new state executive committeeman at this week's state convention.

This week, when Democrats from across the state descend upon Fort Worth for their bi-annual convention, local Democrats will be selecting a new member of the State Executive Committee. The 31st District of Texas, the boundaries of which include most of the Texas Panhandle, skip Lubbock and stretch to reach Midland and Odessa, are being tasked with selecting a new Executive Committeeman. Incumbent Mike Purcell, who is running for State Representative, District 86, against Republican John Smithee and Libertarian Matthew Flores, is vacating his spot.

Local Democrats will choose between two filed candidates to fill the spot. David Rosen, chairman of the Midland County Democratic Party, and Kasey Jones, an Amarillo resident, are running to hold the spot. The 31st District's female representative, Suzan Gentry, of Ector County, is running unopposed for her spot.

The State Executive Committee is in charge of the majority of the activities of the state party, serving alongside the state chairman. The state executive committee is meant to serve as a representative for the local voters in the district.

Meanwhile, Democrats from all over the state will select their new chairman, in a four-way contest that features three challengers looking to oust an incumbent. Incumbent Giberto Hinojosa is facing a challenge from Cedric Davis, Sr., Rachel Barrios Van Os, and Fidel Acevedo.

The state convention will run from June 21st through June 23rd.

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