Monday, November 27, 2017. It's official! I'm running against Louie Gohmert in Texas's first congressional district. I mailed in my filing paperwork on Friday, November 13, and I am now listed as a Democratic candidate on Texas's Secretary of State website for the primary on March 6.
I submitted 837 signature (500 were required). In the weeks leading up to the filing deadline, I visited 50 cities and towns across the district gathering these signatures and listening to people talk about what they want from our government.
When I started this 50-city tour, I had three objectives:
1) I wanted to get to know the district better. We live in a beautiful place, deep East Texas, and it has been a privilege to visit mom and pop restaurants, Family Dollars, Dairy Queens, Whataburgers, and post office parking lot across the 12 counties in this congressional district--from Smith, parts of Wood and Upshur, to Gregg and Harrison, down to Nacogdoches, Angelina, San Augustine, and Sabine, with Panola, Rusk, and Shelby in between.
2) I wanted to listen to people. People are frustrated. They don’t feel like they have a voice. They don’t feel like our government is working to defend their interests. In fact, they don’t feel like government is working at all. People want to be able to work hard, play fair, and at the end of the day, be able to make a life for themselves and their families. They can sense that the system is rigged; they feel like they’re running in place, but they don’t know what to do about it.
3) I wanted to collect petition signatures to get on the ballot. But more than that, I wanted to get a sense of whether there was an appetite for change; if people were willing to stand up and defend some of our core democratic values that have been under attack recently. There are large numbers of people willing to stand up and fight. It’s been inspiring.
Thanks my family, our donors, our campaign staff, our advisory board, and all of the hard-working volunteers who made this possible. I'm honored to be an official candidate. I'm committed to holding Gohmert accountable in next year’s midterm elections.
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Texas's First Congressional District