The Burnet County Democratic Club will host two guest speakers who promote voter education and outreach during its last membership meeting before Election Day 2020: Barbara Benjamin-Treviño and the newly seated Burnet County Democratic Party Chair, the Rev. Mel Hazlewood. The October meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20, at 11:30 am.
Benjamin-Treviño is a pioneer in her efforts to reach and educate young adult voters.
She created the “Be a Voter” education and outreach program in 2016, a mini-civics program that helps emerging voters understand the overall voting process and how to navigate it. The program provides voter education materials that are original, non-partisan, research-based, issue-oriented, and in the public domain. Working with community college students and collaborating with voter registrars, she was instrumental in doubling the number of 18- to 29-year-old voters in Williamson County from the 2016 primaries to the 2020 primaries. More information can be found at votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter/.
Hazlewood replaced former Burnet County Democratic Party Chair Marti Pogue, who resigned the position in August.
Hazlewood was a lawyer before joining the ministry, working in various staff positions in the Texas Legislature before becoming a lobbyist for the University of Texas System. Hazlewood is instrumental in the Burnet County Voter Outreach Efforts and will discuss the numerous ways to help Get out the Vote on Election Day 2020. He is a retired Elder in the United Methodist Church who lives with his wife, Maurie, in Meadowlakes.
Newsletter subscribers will be provided a link to register for the meeting, so be sure to watch your inbox for details. Non-members can request an invitation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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