Equality Texas endorses candidates for Texas House

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Equality Texas, a pro-LGBTQ rights advocacy organization, endorsed 14 candidates running for the Texas House on Wednesday. 

“It is critically important that Equality Texans turn out in mass to vote this November to ensure that Texas continues its’ march toward equal justice under the law,” said CEO of Equality Texas Ricardo Martinez in a prepared statement. “The Texas House is 9 seats away from flipping to a pro-equality majority and these candidates for office have committed to supporting LGBTQ rights, civil rights and social justice.”

The list of endorsed candidates, all Democrats, include:

HD 26 Sarah DeMerchant, Democrat Sugarland

HD 64 Angela Brewer, Democrat Denton

 HD 66 Sharon Hirsch Democrat Plano 

HD 67 Lorenzo Sanchez, Democrat Plano 

HD 92 Jeff Whitfield, Democrat Bedford 

HD 93- Lydia Bean, Democrat Ft. Worth 

HD 94 Alisa Simmons, Democrat Arlington 

HD 97 Elizabeth Beck, Democrat Ft. Worth 

HD 96 Joe Drago, Democrat Arlington 

HD 100 Jasmine Crockett, Democrat Dallas 

HD 108 Joanna Cattanach, Democrat Dallas 

HD 112 Brandy Chambers, Democrat Richardson 

HD 138 Akilah Bacy, Democrat Houston 

“We strongly support their candidacy,” Martinez said. “We believe voters will overwhelmingly reject candidates who engage in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and homophobic and transphobic campaign tactics. If these pro-equality leaders are elected many of them will replace incumbents who espouse anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies.”

Democrats are targeting almost two dozen statehouse districts this November, several of which were won or nearly won by Beto O’Rourke in 2018. If Democrats are successful in capturing nine seats, it would be the first time since 2002 the party controls the lower chamber.

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