Gina Ortiz Jones is running to serve the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. Her firsthand experiences have shaped her perspective about the community she represents; she is a first-generation American, raised in San Antonio by a single mother. Jones’ mother embraced challenges and sacrificed comfort to provide opportunities for her daughters. As a child, Jones understood that she was lucky to have resources like subsidized housing and reduced-price lunches, and that manifested into a life of public service.
Somewhere on the campaign trail in the 25th congressional district of Texas you’ll find Julie Oliver, the democratic nominee taking on incumbent Roger Williams. A year ago in July of 2017, Oliver watched congress attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no plan of replacing it; as a woman who has worked in healthcare and taxation for over 20 years, Julie knew it was time for a change. Oddly enough, she first she asked her husband, Matt, to run...but after enough “No’s,” she knew it was up to her.
Linda Harvell grew up in College Station where she now serves on the City Council. She noted that running for a political position was never her ultimate career goal, but the events in her life and her desire to do something for her community led her to participate in her hometown’s political scene. Last November, Linda was re-elected to her Place 3 post with 3,295 votes (68% of the vote) to serve her first full three-year term on the Council. She, her fellow councilmen, and the mayor all have the power to appoint the City Manager, adopt the city budget, and appoint members to all commissions and boards. The City Council also establishes policies regarding zoning, parks, and other strategic development issues. College Station, home to Texas A&M University, is an interesting region to serve considering the widely diverse constituency constantly fluxes throughout the year and the city is growing exponentially due to the university bringing over 60,000 students to the area each year. Linda is keenly aware of these changes; she has seen College Station develop since it’s very beginnings.
After serving as the Brazos County Commissioner for Precinct 4 for 9 years, Irma Cauley overcame challenger Tommy Anderson in March’s Democratic primary, winning with 80 percent of the vote. The two-term incumbent will run against Republican Timothy Delasandro in the general election later this year. As the County Commissioner, Irma handles non-state-maintained transportation, county employee wages, and finances for Brazos County. “When the state and federal laws come, it's right here at our desks that we have to implement [them],” she said of her role. Precinct 4 includes some centralized parts of the county, including half of Texas A&M University.
After serving as the Class of 2019 President at Texas A&M University for three years, Amy Sharp made the jump to run for Student Body President for the 2018-2019 school year and won with 66% of the student vote. She will be the fifth woman to serve as the Student Body President (SBP) in the position’s 72-year history. When asked why she would run with those odds against her, Amy replied, “I think the proper question would be, why wouldn’t I?”.
Charlotte Clymer, a Transgender woman who calls Texas her home state, recently rose through the ranks as a political figure this past year. She received a job offer as the Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign, got blocked by President Donald J. Trump on Twitter, advocated for Trans-community rights in the military as an Army veteran herself, continued her Masters of Art in Public Policy at The George Washington University, and working towards a book deal. This isn’t the first time that Clymer has rattled her community with activism. At the age of 18, Clymer ran for Round Rock City Council while still a senior in high school. Clymer didn’t just enter the political scene, she flew in with a bang when she beat two of four candidates at the polls. Now, Clymer fights for active representation, believing all officials in public office should follow her words, “what is it like for the people you are leading”?