June 21, 2018 – Since winning the Democratic primary last month, the Jana Lynne Sanchez Congressional campaign is riding a wave of momentum that includes new fundraising, a new field office at Democratic headquarters in Ellis County and new team members to swell the ranks of full-time staffers and volunteers. Jana is bringing all of this increased support with her to the Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth, June 21 – June 23.
It is expected that the campaign will report having raised over $350,000 by the end of June, five times more than any other Democratic candidate in three decades. The groundswell of support is building, in part, from the efforts by Jana, her staff and volunteers to “block walk,” going door-to-door in Ellis, Navarro and Tarrant Counties to meet voters and talk about their interests and concerns.
It’s estimated that Jana and team will reach 2,500 doors in Ellis County alone by the end of the month.
New Office at Democratic HQ in Waxahachie
Along with an office in Arlington, Jana’s campaign will open an additional office in support Ellis and Navarro Counties in the Ellis County Democratic Headquarters at 215 East Main Street in Waxahachie. Post-primary, local Democratic candidates are joining forces to support of one another in preparation for facing their Republican adversaries in November.
“The Democratic candidates are coming together to boost mutual efforts in ways that we haven’t seen before,” said Nancy Cannaday, Democratic Chair for Ellis County. “It’s been three decades since we’ve had a full ballot of Democratic candidates. Everyone is on board to support the team and the party.”
The Waxahachie office will be staffed by existing director of Ellis and Navarro community outreach, Vicki Alcala Spaniel, and newly hired field organizer Linda Kay Dixon.
New Members Join Team Sanchez
Increased momentum requires more hearts and minds to help Jana win in November. New professional, paid members to Team Sanchez include:
- Director of Communications – Beth Kitchener is a communications professional with 20+ years experience working with companies ranging from Fortune 500 giants to start-ups, providing strategic advice on branding, crisis communications, government affairs and media and public relations. Beth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Field Strategy Advisor – The campaign has retained Jacob Limon, a 20-year veteran of Democratic politics including several Congressional races. Jacob is the former deputy Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party and Chief of Staff for State Representative Nicole Collier.
- Field and Finance Coordinator – Kylah Allison, a student at Sam Houston State University, was promoted from her former role of intern.
- Finance Coordinator – Helen Miller, a long-term volunteer, took on this part-time role with the campaign.
Team Jana existing staff includes:
- Linda Kay Dixon, new Field Organizer, Ellis and Navarro Counties
- Elizabeth Ericsson, Deputy Campaign Manager and Field Director
- Daniel Sanchez, Director of Community Outreach, Tarrant County
- Christen Sparago, Finance Director
- Vicki Alcala Spaniel, Director of Outreach, Ellis and Navarro County
My dad grew up on the road as a migrant farm worker. He didn’t get much chance to go to school – he worked long days in the hot sun during most of the year. His dad came here from San Luis Potosí, Mexico and the whole family (27 kids) worked hard to keep themselves fed. Dad got his education in the US Marines, where he proudly served. He continued to work hard to take care of our family. First, he hauled hay and bailed cotton when I was young, then he worked long shifts in the cement and steel plants in Midlothian. With four children, we never had much money, but Dad was always generous with others who had less than we did. As my mom would say, “he would give anyone the shirt off his back.” He taught me the value and the virtue of hard work and of caring for others.
Me and my dad at poll greeting on Primary Election Day (March 6th).
Today my dad is not in good health. He had a stroke in 2008 that left him without much ability to speak or walk and many other health problems. I am thankful for the care he gets at the VA hospital and through Medicare and Medicaid. He served. He worked hard his whole life and paid into the system.
In spite of his poor health, my dad is my biggest campaigner. He has a different Sanchez for Congress t-shirt for every day of the week and he won’t wear anything else. When I visit him at the nursing home people tell me how proud my dad is of me for running.
The folks like my grandpa who came to this country and their children, like my dad, have made it better. They’ve fed all of us through their labor. On this Fathers Day, I want to make sure that children are not ripped from their parents’ arms and placed in tent cities. I want to make sure the VA administration is not turned into a profit mill at the expense of our heroes. I want to make sure people like my father still have access to medical care. I can help do all of this if you send me to Congress.
Please stand with me by making a contribution of any amount to our campaign today: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/janalynnesanchezforcongress.
Now hiring Field Organizers for the Jana Lynne Sanchez for US Congress general election campaign (June – November 2018).
Field Organizers will oversee field strategy for a region of District 6 (encompassing sections of Tarrant County and all of Ellis County). That territory will be assigned, though the successful candidates’ current location may be a consideration in the assignment.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: overseeing the recruitment, training, retention, and management of volunteers in their duties (persuading voters, block walking, lit drop, texting, sign delivery, and events). In addition to managing volunteers in these activities, field organizers will be expected to do these things themselves on a daily basis. Successful work on the campaign comes with a team-oriented work style; none of us is above doing any work, and good ideas can come from all of us. There will be other duties that arise—some that we can imagine, others that will become clearer as we progress.
Although the strategy you implement must be in line with the larger campaign, you are free to develop your strategy for your specific region. We run a data-driven campaign, and so will evaluate everyone’s progress based on the numbers.
This work requires long hours, usually 7 days a week. Work is conducted wherever needed (office, voters’ neighborhoods, event spaces, headquarters, candidate’s home, etc), and so regular travel is to be expected. Pay is competitive, commensurate with experience.
Using the Subject Line “Field Organizer application,” please submit resume and brief cover letter to: Elizabeth@SanchezforCongress2018.com. Position open until filled, with priority deadline June 15, 2018.
On Tuesday, Jana Lynne Sanchez was distinguished as a “Gun Sense Candidate” by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“I am very proud to receive this recognition. I exercise my right to own a firearm, but I am a firm believer that with rights come responsibilities. I stand with Moms Demand Action and the majority of Americans who believe in common sense gun laws. If I am elected, I will fight for those sensible gun laws and will not be swayed by the gun lobby,” Sanchez said.
Among other gun safety issues, Sanchez highlighted her opposition to Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which would force all states to abide by the weakest concealed carry laws in the country. She also believes in universal background checks and prohibiting domestic abusers from buying guns.
In the words of Moms Demand Action:
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters.
Our campaign, with its average donation of $42, outraised all other candidates in TX06. See this article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Jana Lynne Sanchez debated her primary run-off opponent on WFAA’s Inside Politics. Watch the debate here:
Arlington, TX, April 5 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) said today that her campaign had raised more than $250,000 in the primary so far. In the first quarter, the campaign raised more than $104,000 – its best quarter yet. The campaign has received 5,757 contributions of an average size of just less than $44. She is in a run-off for the Democratic nomination.
Sanchez is the Healthcare Champion with a detailed plan for how to make sure every person in this country has affordable healthcare. For more information on her healthcare plan, please see: https://sanchezforcongress2018.com/issues/prosperity-and-opportunity-2/create-universal-affordable-healthcare-draft/. She is also fighting for better jobs for our high school graduates, well-funded public schools and immigration reform. Sanchez is also a strong proponent of Congressional term limits. She is the granddaughter of migrant farm workers who settled in Ellis County in the 1950s. She credits excellent public school teachers in Waxahachie for her being able to go to Rice University, which she could afford thanks for federal financial aid, multiple scholarships and the support of family.
The campaign has also had major local endorsements including Texas AFL-CIO and former DFW news anchor Gloria Campos.
The funds raised come primarily from the DFW region, including the district, which spans from Arlington to Corsicana, although a large number of national grassroots donors have contributed.
The trailer for the TV documentary Surge is now out. Jana Lynne, and other Texas women candidates, have a prominent place in the documentary. Check it out here.
From Gloria Campos
My fellow Texans,
It’s my honor and pleasure to endorse Jana Lynne Sanchez in the Democratic Party runoff for the 6th Congressional district of Texas. Since my retirement as a longtime Dallas-Fort Worth television News Anchor, I’ve become increasingly alarmed at the chaos surrounding our current administration and the gridlock in Congress. As a professional broadcast journalist I kept my own views and beliefs to myself. But I am no longer bound by those professional tenets and as a concerned private citizen I must speak out.
That is why I am seeking out like minded candidates who will represent what I believe are the views of a majority of fair minded voters. Jana Lynne Sanchez is that kind of candidate. She has a common sense view on many issues facing our country now: a pathway to legal status for some immigrants NOT amnesty, she supports the 2nd Amendment-the right to bear arms with reasonable gun laws that don’t take away guns from responsible gun owners. Finally Jana supports term limits that I believe would keep fat cat lawmakers from getting too comfortable in Washington forgetting the people they were elected to serve.
If you believe as I do then we must elect candidates like Jana Lynne Sanchez. It is increasingly clear to me that there are many lawmakers in Washington who don’t care what the voters at home think and only listen to special interest groups and lobbyists who make big campaign contributions. Jana Lynne Sanchez has run her campaign with the help of thousands of small donors. I hope you’ll join me and support Jana Lynne Sanchez for the Sixth Congressional district of Texas. Vote May 22nd.
Gloria Campos former Dallas/Fort Worth News Anchor