Victoria Democrats open new central office

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Jan. 2, 2014 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.

A grand opening ceremony for the new Victoria Democratic Party headquarters takes place Saturday.

Party Chairman Cris Gonzalez said the centralized location should help the party, which he has managed from his home, grow and stay organized.

"We've got a lot of work to do to get ready for the primary," Gonzalez said.

With voter registration, members of Battleground Texas and the state Democratic Party coming to Victoria and campaigns underway, the new office will be an asset.

The ceremony is set for 10 a.m., at the Richard Cisneros office building, 1505 S. Laurent St., and will include local officials and state party leaders.

"Right from the beginning when I took over the party, I knew we needed a central meeting place to be able to pull this organization together and get them working as a team," Gonzalez said.

This move puts them closer to that goal, which continues through the November election, he said.

"It's going to be a team effort, and we have a lot of volunteers on board," Gonzalez said.

Richard Castillo, who is running for re-election as the Precinct 1 justice of the peace, said he supports the plan, which he called a "unification point."

"I think it's great, and it gives people a good spot if they need to talk to someone from the party," he said. "Candidates can get their information out easier from a good central point."

Castillo is seeking the Democratic party nomination for the position. Mary Ann Rivera, a certified licensed translator, is also seeking the Democratic party nomination for that judge's seat.

Castillo said the timing of the grand opening is on target.

"It's gives us a place to start from at the primary level to get information out for all the candidates on the Democratic ticket," Castillo said. "Candidates will have a great place to come together, focus and move forward as a team."



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