News Out of Austin

Texas Democratic Party Announces History-Making New Executive Directors and Leadership Model

Plus keep an eye out for some changes on the Republican side of the aisle.

By Emma Schkloven July 1, 2021

We may have just seen our first shakeup ahead of the 2022 election cycle in Texas—a political season everyone expects to be ... err … interesting, to say the least.

Earlier this week, the Texas Democratic Party out of Austin announced a new leadership model and named two new co-executive directors, a decision aimed at “promo[ting] inclusion, expand[ing] reach, grow[ing] operations, and strengthen[ing] coalitions,” according to a June 28 press release.

In addition to revealing the new model, the press release announced Jamarr Brown and Hannah Roe Beck as the party’s new co-executive directors, a history-making move for the party; Brown is the party’s first-ever Black executive director, while Roe Beck is its youngest.

“The Texas Democratic Party is dreaming as big as Texas needs us to and fighting hard for the future of our state,” Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in the statement. “With two co-executive directors at the helm under our new model, our party will be on even stronger footing to build coalitions, reach more Texans, and create an inclusive, collaborative movement from the ground up.” 

A native South Carolinian, Brown, who will start in his new role on July 12, brings more than a decade of experience as a campaign strategist, leadership trainer, and nonprofit leader. He most recently served as president of the Black Austin Democrats and on the board of directors for Leadership Austin. Roe Beck, who grew up San Antonio, co-founded MOVE Texas, which focuses on increasing voter participation un underrepresented youth communities, becoming the nonprofit’s first executive director. She also served as the Texas Democratic Party’s Convention Director and most recently, as its Interim Executive Director.

Allen West at the 2015 Lincoln Day Dinner

Of course, we should expect more changes on both sides of the aisle as we gear up for an eventful midterm race. The Republican Party of Texas is expected to announce a replacement for Allen West, who resigned as chairman on June 4. His resignation takes effect on July 11, though he has hinted he’ll run for office again—some even think against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.

All that can be said is it’s on, ya’ll.

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