UH community digs deep into Texas election
Members of the Student Government Association and UH Democrats attended a volunteer training session Thursday for Texas Senator Wendy Davis’ upcoming campaign for governor in the 2014 election.
The event was hosted by Battleground Texas, an organization committed to turning Texas into a “battleground” state, on Texas Southern University’s campus.
“I hoped to solidify our relationship with the grassroots organization by promoting this event to all of my members and my fellow senators in student government,” said UH Democrats President and SGA Senator for College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Senator Catherine Tassin De Montaigu. “It is my job as a student leader to set a good example for my peers and play an active role in the community and performing my civic duty.”
Adrienne Bell, the original field director of Battleground Texas, said this is one of the lowest-ranking states in voter turnout, and the organization aims to promote voter registration as well as attendance at the polls.
“From this experience, I hope to spread [Davis’] message at our next meeting and get other students on campus more politically involved,” said UH Democrats Vice President and CLASS SGA Senator Tatiana Lutomski. “This has further solidified my political opinions and reminded me why I do the work I do for the University of Houston College Democrats serving as vice president.”
The University’s student government and political organizations are not the only ones getting involved, though. Guillermo De Los Reyes, an associate professor of Hispanic Studies and director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Hispanic Studies, also attended the volunteer session to hear Davis speak.
“I learned at the event that people in Texas do not vote. Thus, I hope to bring the message that it is extremely important to go to the ballots and vote,” Reyes said.
“I would like to invite all UH students, faculty and staff to register to vote. We are a state institution, so it is extremely important for us who is at the Texas capitol.”