We Have Momentum!


Political and Activist Leadership

Collin County Democratic Party

  • County Chair June 2014 – present
  • Chair of Precinct 48 in northwest Richardson 2004 – 2014
  • Chair of Coordinated Campaign Committee 2010 – May 2012
  • Chair of Strategic Planning Committee 2007 – 2010
  • Chair of County Convention Resolutions Committee in 2004, 2008, and 2010

Sierra Club, Dallas Regional Group – Group Chair for three years, chair of several committees, outings leader

Democratic Network  – Vice President for Fundraising 2010 – 2014

Professional Experience

  • Varied career in Information Technology – software engineer and consultant, both with major vendors and in own consulting practice
  • Over a dozen leadership positions in various technical standards committees in electronic commerce
  • President of Dallas/Fort Worth Electronic Commerce Forum 2004 – 2012
  • Awarded 2011 Edward A. Guilbert e-Business Professional Award from the Data Interchange Standards Association “recognizing significant career contributions in e-Business message development”


  • Master of Science in Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas
  • BA in Political Science, University of Oklahoma, Phi Beta Kappa


Married to Diana Rawlins, residents of Canyon Creek neighborhood in Richardson since 1996.



The Collin County Democratic Party has momentum. We’re poised for significant gains in 2018. To keep up our momentum we need to keep the same leadership team in place.

For the ten years that I served as a Precinct Chair in Richardson, and the three years that I have served as County Chair, my primary focus has been on building a county party that can elect Democrats. Since taking over a party that was in shambles in 2014, the team that came in with me has done an amazing job in rebuilding the party. We have 50% more Precinct Chairs, we’ve over doubled our fund raising, and we’re on track to have a ten-fold increase in candidates from 2014. Finally, we’ve been making good incremental progress at the polls, turning blue faster than the rest of Texas.

But we are far from satisfied with our progress and we continue to roll out new initiatives. For example, this year we started a year round field program to build the base vote for 2018, and held an intensive candidate training series over seven sessions that we plan to offer annually to prepare candidates for both partisan and non-partisan offices.

The County Chair is elected in the March 6, 2018 Democratic Primary. I humbly ask for your vote and support.


Deborah Angell Smith – County Chair 2003 – 2007; Former State Democratic Executive Committee Representative

In the 20+ years I’ve been involved with the Collin County Democratic Party, one of the constant bright spots has been the intelligent and thoughtful leadership of Mike Rawlins. I was proud to support his election in 2014, and we are extremely fortunate he has agreed to serve another term.

When I was County Chair and during the terms of each of my successors, Mike was always the obvious choice to lead any challenging project. With his professional expertise in software development and project management, he knows how to prioritize, structure workable plans, implement fair processes and lead diverse teams to successful results.

And we’ve seen positive results during his first term as County Chair. Like Barack Obama, Mike took over in very challenging circumstances. In many respects, the Party was in a financial and organizational ditch, and thanks to his dedication and positive leadership, in three years we’ve not only pulled out of the ditch, we’re considered one of the leading county parties in the state of Texas.

The steadily increasing numbers of volunteers, effective programs, regular media attention and constant activity demonstrate Mike’s excellent team building skills. That he’s created and maintained a strong leadership team and vibrant committee system speaks volumes about his collaborative style. With competing priorities for every volunteer’s time, it’s hard to get individual commitments and keep teams working together over time, but he and his team have done it with remarkable success.

I’ve always been a fan of Mike’s and I continue to be. Like Barack, he offers “change you can believe in.” You can believe in it, because he’s done it, and continues to create positive change. Mike has proven he can bring Democrats together to create the forward momentum that will bring us steadily towards our goals. He has my vote for County Chair, and he should have yours too.                               More


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