Meet Our Campaign Team

Friday, December 1, 2017. Brent has been putting together a great campaign team, and we thought you might like to meet some of us. These are four of the people who are working hard behind the scenes to help Brent become Congressman Beal in 2018.

Kimberly Brinkerhoff Baptista


I'm the campaign's Communications Director. I manage media coverage and have recently started coordinating internal communications, which is why I'm the one sending this email! You'll be hearing from me a lot in the coming months as we rev up for the primary on March 6th.

I have always worked in various aspects of media and communications--first as a magazine writer and editor, then as a rep at a PR firm, and finally as a book publicist. I have also volunteered as a PR person for activist organizations. I got to know Heather Olson Beal, Brent's wife, many years ago when we volunteered in the same organization, and through Heather, I got to know Brent. That explains why I'm working on this campaign even though I live in Wilmington, North Carolina. (I do have some Texas cred: Before I moved to North Carolina 5 years ago, I lived in the DFW area for 12 years, and my parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews all currently live in Texas.)

I support Brent's candidacy because I know him to be a decent and fair person whose political principles I share. I may not live in the district or even the state, but it's important for me and my children to have a congressional majority that can ensure we have the healthcare, education, and job opportunities we need.

Kate Murray Langston


Kate is the campaign's Fundraising Coordinator, and we're lucky to have her on board given her professional background. She works in social media marketing and nonprofit fundraising and previously served on the legislative staff of both US Rep. Charlie Wilson and US Rep. Jim Turner in Washington, DC. Kate is a native of Lufkin and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. She now lives in Longview.

Asked why she supports Brent's candidacy, Kate says, "I long to see commonsense representation return to my home district and am confident Brent will work for the best interests of the hard-working people of the 1st Congressional District."

Gabrielle Harris


Gabrielle is the campaign's Advisory Board Liaison. She is a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University, studying political science. She's the chair of SFA's Progressive Student Coalition and is very excited to be part of the campaign.

Gabrielle explains her support for Brent's candidacy this way: "I support Brent because he is genuine. When I'm rambling off about spreadsheets, campaign work, voters, etc., he is always the one to bring it back and say, 'How are you today?' or 'Do you have any input or questions about this?' He never forgets to relate any issue back to the people. Simply put, most candidates don't do that. I am proud to support him."

Ellie O'Connor


Ellie is the campaign's Office Manager. Among many other things, she communicates with donors and processes donations. Ellie is junior at Stephen F. Austin State University and is an accounting major. She is Vice President of College Democrats, as well as being Vice President of Finance for Tri Delta. She plans to attend law school after graduating. 

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Kimberly Brinkerhoff Baptista
Communications Director
Brent Beal for Congress