In the March 5 primary election, vote for candidates who will fight for our futures! Our members at Texas Rising Action and Texas Freedom Network interviewed candidates to find out who will champion our progressive values and protect our freedoms.
Last Day to Apply to Vote by Mail: Feb. 23
Early Voting: Feb. 20 – March 1
Election Day: March 5
Pol. adv. paid for by Texas Freedom Network
TFN/TXRA Endorsement for Travis County District Attorney
José Garza represents what it means to be a progressive leader in Texas.
As our District Attorney, he’s led reforms to our criminal justice system through gun violence prevention, transparency, and data-driven policies while building power with communities of color, working families, and immigrant communities.
Justice for Survivors
Garza has focused on prosecutions of sex crimes and domestic violence, doubled the conviction rate for family violence crimes, and invested in trauma-informed care and other resources for survivors.
Garza has increased the conviction rate for all acts of violence by 53%, focusing on violent crime and other offenses that pose a risk to our communities regardless of someone’s wealth, race, or place of residence.
Garza is not afraid of far-right state leaders like Abbott and Paxton. He pushed back when Republicans sought to wrongfully accuse transgender–affirming parents of child abuse and spoke up when Abbott wanted to pardon a Fort Hood soldier convicted of killing a protestor.
TFN Endorsement for HD 146
Lauren Ashley Simmons
Lauren Ashley Simmons is running for State Representative in District 146 to reclaim a seat at the table for all of us.
Simmons is a mom and a union organizer who has spent her entire adult life fighting for the people Greg Abbott and other far-right leaders are attacking every day. As a black, queer, woman, she has a deep understanding of these struggles – she lives at the intersection of discrimination based on race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Simmons’ children are in public school. She supports a fully funded free, public education; increasing teacher pay; and reversing the TEA takeover of HISD. She opposes voucher schemes, educational censorship, and the DEI ban at universities.
Simmons supports universal access to quality, affordable healthcare and mental healthcare — that includes repealing Texas’ abortion ban and the ban on gender-affirming care for minors. Healthcare decisions should be made by patients in consultation with their doctors without government interference.
Equality and Justice
Simmons lives at the intersection of discrimination based on race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity. She supports ending the active persecution of transgender Texans and a statewide LGBTQIA+ nondiscrimination law. She will fight to reform the criminal justice system, improve police accountability, and continue efforts to address systemic racism, environmental racism, and economic racism.
TXRA Endorsement for HD 77
Alexsandra Annello is a proven champion for our El Paso community.
Annello has served the past six years as a city council member, improving streets and parks, creating mental health initiatives, and focusing on public safety strategies. She has the skills necessary to fight for El Paso in the state legislature.
Annello will fight to protect our public education system, not defund it. She’ll work to increase the state budget for public schools, pay our teachers a fair wage, and make sure our students have the resources they need to succeed.
While in City Council, Annello passed resolutions to protect families seeking access to gender-affirming care and those in need of a safe abortion. As State Representative, she’ll advocate for our right to make our own healthcare choices.
Annello believes in community input to guide her actions. For years, state leaders have spoken about the border without investing in it. Annello will support local colleges and universities to fill the skills gap in healthcare, manufacturing, and technology while keeping residents in El Paso.