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Texas Democrats Show Clear Contrast, Offer Vision for Texas’ Future

Castro Brothers, Pete Gallego, and local elected officials rally Texas Democrats in San Antonio
This past weekend, Texas Democrats gathered in San Antonio to elect delegates to the Democratic National Convention.  Texas Democrats head into the general election excited and prepared to invest the hard work required to elect fair-minded leaders.  
Meanwhile, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump was also in San Antonio.  True to form, Trump delivered divisive, often incoherent, blathering statements.  Lt. Governor Patrick and former Governor Rick Perry showed up to pledge their allegiance in person, while Governor Abbott has consistently reconfirmed his support for Trump for weeks since he secured the nomination. Trump’s GOP takeover exposes a broken Republican Party that doesn’t represent Texas or American values and isn’t even consistent with professed GOP conservativism.  
Texas Democrats are highlighting Democratic rising stars who have already distinguished themselves as strong capable leaders in districts, cities and counties across our state.

Highlighting local leaders

Texas Democrats showcased local leaders taking the fight to Big Government Republicans. Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins, noted by Time Magazine for his effective response to the 2014 Ebola crisis, was among a number of locally elected Democrats to address delegates.  New Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who helped lead the fightagainst Big Government Republicans last legislative session and, as Mayor, acted effectively and responsibly in response to the flooding emergency andbudgetary concerns, also addressed delegates from across the state.

Fighting to protect Texas families 

Republicans have taken the cleaver to Texas neighborhood schools, while, Texas Democrats have dug in to help restore school funding, make college more affordable and return Texas kids and families as a top priority. State Representative Donna Howard, a public education champion, has helped lead the fight for Texas kids. She summed up efforts by Texas Democrats during her convention address: “We are fighting for the Texas of tomorrow, and beating back a retread of the past.”

Working to join Howard next session is Democratic House Candidate, Captain Phil Cortez in District 117 in San Antonio. Cortez is currently serving our country in Southwest Asia as a Member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.  He’ll return home and hit the campaign trail later this summer. While he is serving our country overseas, local Democrats are working to ensure the voters of San Antonio know about Captain Cortez’s extraordinary record of fighting for Texas schools, his experience on the Texas House Homeland Security committee, and his effective community service during four years on the San Antonio City Council


Rising stars

Texas Democrats have also sent capable and energetic leaders to Washington. This weekend, convention goers heard from Julián Castro, Congressman Joaquín Castro, Congressman Gene Green, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, and Congressman Filemon Vela. Secretary Castro, brought convention delegates to their feet as did his twin brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, who served as chairman of the convention, and welcomed Democrats to San Antonio. 
Also addressing delegates was former Congressman Pete Gallego who is running to reclaim Congressional District 23, which spans San Antonio south and west to El Paso. The race, labeled as a toss-up by the Cook Political Report, is one of the most watched races in the nation. Gallego, who has championed veteran andeducation issues during his service to Texas at both the state and federal level, addressed delegates as did his young son, Nicolas. Nicolas made the case for his dad and rallied Democrats to get engaged and involved, saying “So here’s the deal, my mom and I really want to celebrate on this election night. And I know you do, too.”

The contrast is clear

Texas Republican office-holders and candidates have abandoned Texas values to embrace Donald Trump, his divisive rhetoric, and toxic Presidential campaign.

Democrats look toward the future confidently with new and dynamic leaders ready to take on Republicans who have made careers out of failed ideas and policies that put political interests ahead of Texans.