Texas Democrats Launch First Round of Endorsements for Local Candidates

Austin, TX-- Today, the Texas Democratic Party endorsed the first round of progressive candidates enrolled in our Project LIFT (Local Investment in the Future of Texas) program for the May 6th elections.

Project LIFT works with local party leaders and progressive partners to recruit, train, and support candidates – with a special focus on winning local, non-partisan races.

Meet the Texas Democratic Party’s First Round of Project LIFT endorsed candidates:

  • David Sray, Georgetown City Council District 2

    • David grew up around Army bases in Germany and became a Texan in 1998 after graduating from Ohio State. A tech sector consultant, he wants to improve upon what makes Georgetown a great place to live: the public library, great schools, beautiful public parks, and the historic Palace Theater, where he has directed and starred in plays.

  • Tammy Young, Round Rock City Council Place 1

    • Tammy Young is a realtor and former teacher for Round Rock ISD, where her kids attended. She is committed to a transparent, inclusive city government that fosters and celebrates diversity. She will be the people's voice on council.

  • Deanna Leach, Waco City Council District 5

    • A small business owner, Deanna supports coalition building, visionary development, and infrastructure upgrades, and is running because women need better representation.

  • Elena Claros, Lewisville City Council Place 3

    • Elena is a former Air Force officer, lawyer, and mother who wants to foster sustainable and inclusive growth in Lewisville. She worked as an attorney with the US Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance for 5 years.

  • John DeLorme, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD School Board

    • John is an experienced civic leader who has fought for open, honest government and believes the key to strong economic growth is strong public schools that attract new business. He served on the District Improvement Council, and was an Ambassador and Platinum PTA.

  • Jack Blackshear, Garland City Council District 8

    • Jack is a retired Army Sergeant Major and local businessman.  He has been married to his wife Judy for 56 years and have been a Garland resident for 43 years.

  • Mike Floyd, Pearland ISD Position 2

    • As an 18 year old senior who has attended Pearland ISD schools for 13 years, he has deep knowledge of and personal experience with Pearland schools. With public education under attack, Mike knows we need strong progressive solutions on our school boards. Mike is running to bring real change and new leadership.

  • Tabassum Ahmad, Allen City Council Place 2

    • Tabassum has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Economics from Indiana University and is an IT professional and small business owner who has served the City of Allen as a member on the "Keep Allen Beautiful" board.

  • Steven Halvorson, Pasadena City Council District B

    • A former U.S. Army Engineer Officer, Steven served his country for 15 years, and has been a Scientific Research Director for 27 years. He is currently the Texas Organizing Project Treasurer, Harris County Democratic Precinct Chair 188, and Pasadena Area 5 Democratic Member.

  • Sammy Casados, Pasadena City Council District D

    • Sammy was raised in Pasadena’s Deepwater neighborhood and graduated from Deer Park High. He is a community-oriented family man who has passionately served the City of Pasadena. His priorities are improving the local economy, government transparency, and city services and infrastructure.

  • Felipe Villarreal, Pasadena City Council District A

    • Felipe is a Pasadena resident of more than 18 years, and is currently working as a code enforcement officer with City of Galena Park.

  • Mel Hazlewood, Meadowlakes City Council Place 4

    • Mel is a United Methodist pastor and a former attorney in the Texas State Senate and the University of Texas System.  He has been involved in local civic and charitable organizations.

  • Tracie Storie, Round Rock City Council Place 4

    • Tracie was attracted to Round Rock 25 years ago by its quality public schools and small city charm. She is an artist and longtime community activist, running to bring diversity, inclusion, and transparency to City Hall.

  • Shannan Sutter, Burleson City Council Place 4

    • Shanna is running to be a part of the greatness that Burleson is becoming. Her main priorities are family, education, public parks and event spaces, and transparency.

  • Chris Herron, Humble ISD Position 3

    • Chris is standing up for the belief that public funds should be used for public schools. He has the business acumen and community organization experience to help the district’s kids succeed.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“From Texas City to Amarillo, our Texas Democratic Party Project LIFT candidates are taking up the fight on behalf of their families, friends, and neighbors. Patriots are rising up to fight for and deliver progressive solutions so that everyone can have a fair shot to get ahead.

“Last November, Texas Democrats shocked the country, narrowing the presidential gap to single digits for the first time in twenty years. Since the election, millions of Texans have marched, spoken out, and stepped up. Trump Republicans are already wreaking havoc in Washington D.C. and Austin. Now, we have to build on our success, and that starts with winning locally this May.

“We’re proud of these great Democrats running for seats on city councils and school boards today, and there’s more to come.”


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