Democrat Dick Abrams last week received support in his quest to become the next chairman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party.
Abrams – among those seeking to replace current Chairman Steve Maxwell, who has said he will step down in April – picked up endorsements from local Democrats including U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth, state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, state Reps. Lon Burnam, Chris Turner and Nicole Collier and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks.
“They are all outstanding public servants and I will work tirelessly to ensure every one of them is re-elected,” said Abrams, an active Democratic fundraiser. “The 2014 cycle gives us great opportunities in Tarrant County and I am ready to build upon our recent electoral gains to elect more mainstream Democrats to office up and down the ballot.”
But Judge Maryellen Hicks – whose sister, Deborah Peoples, has been mentioned as a potential candidate – sent out a statement saying she was disappointed in the endorsement and that officials didn’t interview all candidates.
“I thought better of our Democratic elected officials,” Hicks said. “What have we been fighting for if our Democratic elected officials perpetuate the same biases that we have been fighting to over come, whether it is from Gender, Race, or Sexual Orientation.”
Among those who have been mentioned to replace Maxwell: Abrams, Peoples, Randy Daniels, a Democratic organizer; Lee Henderson, a former Fort Worth City Council candidate; Marshall Hobbs, a former Fort Worth City Council candidate; and Bishop Kenneth Spears.