Election season is finally here! With Texas’s primary this past Tuesday, the 2018 midterms have officially begun. Illinois will also hold its primary in March, and forty-one states will hold primaries throughout May, June, and August. The remaining six states split between September and October and, if you’re Louisiana, November!
Like many all across the country, Texas’s state Democratic Party has been working overtime since November 2016 to find candidates to run in every one of Texas’s 36 congressional districts. Some highlights of their hard work include Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, nominees from the 16th and 6th districts, respectively, who may become the first two Texan Latinas sent to Congress; Gina Oritz Jones of the 23rd district, who has the potential to be the first openly gay woman of color in Congress; and Mary Jennings Hegar, who Winning Connections is working with on her way to representing the 31st district!
According to the Texas Tribune, no freshman woman has gone to Congress from the Lone Star for a full term in 22 years, so the pressure is on for the aforementioned women and their peers to work hard through Election Day. Voter contact firms like Winning Connections certainly have our work cut out for us, but there are few more worthy causes right now than electing Democrats to all levels of the government.