Despite being out-raised and out-spent after Gov. Abbott signed a slew of voter suppression laws, TFP’s allies made strides in communities across the state while holding our ground in the Rio Grande Valley. With the support of TFP groups’ critical mobilization campaigns, a number of candidates were victorious on Tuesday night.
In South Texas, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez defeated incumbent Mayra Flores reaffirming the importance of abortion and healthcare access among Latino voters in TX-15. Morgan LaMantia defeated her republican challenger to hold SD-27 as a democratic seat in the Texas Senate. In TX-28, Rep. Henry Cuellar defeated his opponent by 13 points.
Rep. Jasmine Crockett will succeed Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas’ TX-30. Greg Casar won his campaign to replace Rep. Lloyd Doggett in TX-35 after Doggett moved to the new TX-37 district which covers central Austin.
Voters are sending two Muslim-Americans to the Texas Legislature for the first time! Salman Bhojani won his election to represent HD-92, and Dr. Suleman Lalani will represent HD-76.
Mihaela Plesa was elected to represent HD-70, flipping the suburban Plano state house district.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo won her reelection – enshrining Texas’ largest county as a progressive stronghold. Kelly Higgins won his campaign for Hays County DA and has promised not to prosecute abortion or marijuana possession cases.
Alisa Simmons will represent Precinct 2 on the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. Simmons faced former Commissioner Andy Nguyen, a republican. Lesley Briones defeated incumbent Jack Cagle in Harris County Precinct 4 securing a 4-1 democratic majority on Commissioners Court.
Dexter McCoy won his campaign for Fort Bend County Commissioner Precinct 4 and KP George was reelected as Fort Bend County Judge.
Former Rep. Art Fierro has forced incumbent El Paso City Councilwoman, Claudia Rodriguez, into a runoff. The El Paso Democratic Party worked against Rodriguez citing her refusal to protect abortion access and voting against humanitarian aid for migrants.
Voters in San Marcos, Elgin, Denton, Kileen, and Harker Heights overwhelmingly supported marijuana decriminalization.
Austin voted in favor of a $350 million affordable housing bond which is the city’s largest housing bond to date.
Source: Texas Future Project