Government Affairs Group at Highland Springs Connects Residents with the Issues

DALLAS, TX—Texas made national headlines in 2014 for politics, as the gubernatorial race headlined a busy election season.
Residents at Highland Springs were particularly tuned in.  Over 95 percent of eligible voters at the Erickson Living retirement community participated in the November general election, nearly 60 percentage points higher than the overall turnout in Collin County.
Since its creation in 2006, the resident-led Government Affairs Group has been a key contributor to the high level of civic involvement at Highland Springs.
A non-partisan entity, its mission is to inform and educate residents about local, state and federal issues of interest, says Oscar Burchard, an Executive Committee member and former President of the group.
To that end, the group has coordinated dozens of presentations, programs and town hall meetings with the “movers and shakers” from the Dallas-area and beyond.
“The residents are very eager to learn, and our programming conveniently brings elected officials, candidates and other government and community leaders right to our campus,” stated Mr. Burchard.  “We are dealing with a generation that, although becoming more tech savvy, still appreciates the personal connection.”
Besides hosting events, the group also provides assistance with elections to residents at Highland Springs.  They host registration events, provide precinct and appropriate candidate information and assists with transportation to polling locations.  Group Secretary Glee Pitney shares meticulous election results, and Vice President Patty Jantho performs as a certified registrar of voters.
Despite the absence of a high-profile race, the Government Affairs Group will be active in 2015.  The City of Dallas will hold a general election in May, and monthly programs are already planned. 
“Just in January, we are pleased to be hosting David Dean, a Board Member and Chair of the North Texas Crime Commission, and Tom Tella, a survivor of the 9/11 attack in New York City,” noted Herb Hoxie, the group’s new President.
“Our location in North Dallas provides us with the opportunity to bring in world-class experts from a variety of fields,” said Mr. Hoxie.  “The Government Affairs Group helps our residents to be enthusiastically engaged in an ever-changing world.”
About Highland Springs:  Highland Springs is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 700 residents.  Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.