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Certified Progressive 2020: Our list of Texas progressives running in competitive districts

Our Progress Texas team asked roughly 100 candidates to take our "Certified Progressive" survey. Here are the results.

Note: This blog has been updated to reflect the results of the March Democratic primary election. 

For the past 10 years, Progress Texas has given voice to the progressive movement in our state. In support of that mission, we also bring attention to candidates who proudly stand for progressive values - that’s where the questionnaire and the list come in.

To ensure that true progressives make it onto the ballot in the most competitive congressional and state legislative — and all the statewide — races this November, we asked candidates to answer a 10-point survey. If a candidate pledged to fight for Texans’ progressive values and stand with us on the issues, they’re listed here with a link to their website and are deemed “Certified Progressive”. This is their promise to fight for you and join us in shaping the future of our state.

Read the 10-point survey here

This list does not include endorsements on behalf of Progress Texas. All Democratic candidates in races we’re watching that have officially filed are listed.

For more information on our plan for flipping Texas in 2020, view our Special Report and sign up for updates.

U.S. Senate

Incumbent: Sen. John Cornyn (R) since 2002.

Chris Bell

 

Chris Bell 

 

Michael Cooper

 

Michael Cooper

 

Amanda Edwards

 

Amanda Edwards

 

Jack Daniel Foster Jr.

 

Jack Daniel Foster Jr.

 

Annie Garcia

 

Annie "Mama" Garcia

 

MJ Hegar

 

Mary "MJ" Hegar (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Adrian Ocegueda

 

Adrian Ocegueda

 

Cristina TzinTzun Ramirez

 

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez

 

Royce West

 

Royce West (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Victor Harris

 

Victor Hugo Harris did not return the questionnaire. 

 

Sema Hernandez

 

Sema Hernandez did not return the questionnaire. 

 

 

D.R. Hunter did not return the questionnaire. 

 

 

U.S. Congress

District 7 (Houston) - Targeted by Republicans

Lizzie Fletcher

 

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (incumbent since 2019) did not return the questionnaire. (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 10 (Austin) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Michael T. McCaul (R) since 2005.

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi

 

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Shannon Hutcheson

 

Shannon Hutcheson

 

Mike Siegel 

Mike Siegel (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

District 21 (Austin) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Chip Roy (R) since 2019.

Wendy Davis

 

Wendy Davis (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

Jennie Lou Leeder

 

Jennie Lou Leeder


 

District 22 (Sugar Land) - Flippable District 
Open seat vacated by Pete Olson (R).

Chris Fernandez

 

Chris Fernandez did not return the questionnaire. 

 

Sri Kulkarni

 

Sri Preston Kulkarni (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

Nyanza Moore

 

Nyanza Davis Moore did not return the questionnaire. 

 

 

Carmine Petricco III did not return the questionnaire. 

 

Derrick Reed

 

Derrick A. Reed did not return the questionnaire. 


 

District 23 (Helotes) - Flippable District
Open seat vacated by Will Hurd (R).

Rosey Ramos Abuabara

 

Rosalinda "Rosey" Ramos Abuabara

 

Jaime Escuder

 

Jaime Escuder

 

Gina Ortiz Jones

 

Gina Ortiz Jones (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

Ricardo Madrid

 

Ricardo Madrid

 

Efrain V. Valdez

 

Efrain V. Valdez

 

 

District 24 (Coppell) - Flippable District
Open seat vacated by Kenny Marchant (R).

John Biggan

 

Dr. John Biggan

 

Jan McDowell

 

Jan McDowell

 

Kim Olson

 

Kim Olson (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Sam Vega

 

Sam Vega 

 

Richard Fleming

 

Richard Fleming did not return the questionnaire. 

 

Crystal Fletcher

 

Crystal Fletcher did not return the questionnaire. 

 

Candace

 

Candace Valenzuela did not return the questionnaire. (Will advance to primary runoff)


 

District 25 (Austin) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Roger Williams (R) since 2013.

Julie Oliver

 

Julie Oliver (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

Heidi Sloan

 

Heidi Sloan

 


District 28 (Laredo) - Interesting Race 

Jessica Cisneros

 

Jessica Cisneros

 

Henry Cuellar

 

Henry Cuellar (incumbent since 2005) did not return the questionnaire. (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 31 (Round Rock) - Flippable District 
Incumbent: John Carter (R) since 2003.

Eric Hanke

 

Eric Hanke 

 

Christine Eady Mann

 

Dr. Christine Eady Mann (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Donna Imam

 

Donna Imam did not return the questionnaire. (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Grimes

 

Michael Edward Grimes did not return the questionnaire.

 

 

Dan Janjigian did not return the questionnaire. 

 

Tammy Young

 

Tammy Young did not return the questionnaire. 


 

District 32 (Dallas) - Targeted by Republicans

Colin Allred

 

Colin Allred (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 

Texas Railroad Commissioner

Incumbent: Ryan Sitton (R) since 2014.

Chrysta Castañeda

 

Chrysta Castañeda (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Kelly Stone

 

Kelly Stone 

 

Roberto Alonzo

 

Roberto Alonzo did not return the questionnaire. (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Mark Watson

 

Mark Watson did not return the questionnaire. 


 

Texas Senate

District 19 (Pleasanton) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Pete Flores (R) since 2018.

Roland Gutierrez

 

Roland Gutierrez (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Freddy Ramirez

 

Freddy Ramirez 

 

Xochil

 

Xochil Peña Rodriguez did not return the questionnaire. (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Belinda Shvetz

 

Belinda Shvetz did not return the questionnaire. 

 


District 27 (Brownsville) - Interesting Race

Sara Stapleton Barrera

 

Sara Stapleton Barrera (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Ruben Cortez

 

Ruben Cortez

 

Eddie Lucio Jr

 

Eddie Lucio Jr. (incumbent since 1991) did not return the questionnaire. (Will advance to primary runoff)


 

Texas House

District 26 (Sugar Land) - Flippable District
Open seat vacated by Rick Miller (R).

Lawrence Allen Jr.

 

Lawrence Allen Jr.

 

L. Sarah DeMerchant

 

L. "Sarah" DeMerchant (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Rish Oberoi

 

Rish Oberoi

 

 

Dr. Suleman Lalani did not return the questionnaire. (Will advance to primary runoff)


 

District 28 (Richmond) - Flippable District
Open seat

Dr. Eliz Markowitz

 

Dr. Elizabeth “Eliz” Markowitz (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 32 (Corpus Christi) - Flippable District 
Incumbent: Todd Hunter (R) since 2009.

Eric Holguin

 

Eric Holguin (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 45 (Driftwood) - Targeted by Republicans

Erin Zwiener

 

Erin Zwiener (incumbent since 2019) (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)
 

 

Liliana Posada did not return the questionnaire. 




District 47 (Austin) - Targeted by Republicans

Vikki Goodwin

 

Vikki Goodwin (incumbent since 2019) (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 52 (Round Rock) - Targeted by Republicans

James Talarico

 

James Talarico (incumbent since 2019) (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 54 (Killeen) - Flippable District 
Incumbent: Brad Buckley (R) since 2019.

 

Likeithia "Keke" Williams did not return the questionnaire. (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 64 (Denton) - Flippable District 
Incumbent: Lynn Stucky (R) since 2017.

Angela Brewer

 

Angela Brewer (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 65 (Carrollton) - Targeted by Republicans

Michelle Beckley

 

Michelle Beckley (incumbent since 2019) (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

Paige Dixon

 

Paige Dixon 

 


District 66 (Plano) - Flippable District 
Incumbent: Matt Shaheen (R) since 2015.

Sharon Hirsch

 

Sharon Hirsch (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

Aimee Garza Lopez

 

Aimee Garza Lopez

 


District 67 (Plano) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Jeff Leach (R) since 2013.

Tom Adair

 

Tom Adair (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Anthony Lo

 

Anthony Lo 

 

Lorenzo Sanchez

 

Lorenzo Sanchez (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Rocio

 

Rocio Gosewehr Hernandez did not return the questionnaire. 

 

 

Jenna Royal did not return the questionnaire. 

 


DIstrict 76 (El Paso) - Interesting Race
Open seat vacated by Cesar Blanco (D). 

 

Elisa Tamayo

 

 

Claudia Ordaz Perez did not return the questionnaire. (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 89 (Allen) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Candy Noble (R) since 2018.

 

Jon Cocks

 

 

Sugar Ray Ash did not return the questionnaire. (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 92 (Bedford) - Flippable District
Open seat vacated by Jonathan Stickland (R).

Steven Riddell

 

Steven Riddell 

 

 

Jeff Whitfield did not return the questionnaire. (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 93 (Fort Worth) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Matt Krause (R) since 2013.

Lydia Bean

 

Lydia Bean (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 94 (Arlington) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Tony Tinderholt (R) since 2015.

Alisa Simmons

 

Alisa Simmons (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 96 (Arlington) - Flippable District 
Open seat vacated by Bill Zedler (R).

 

Joe Drago did not return the questionnaire. (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)


 

District 97 (Fort Worth) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Craig Goldman (R) since 2013.

 

Elizabeth Beck did not return the questionnaire. (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

 

Dan Willis did not return the questionnaire.


 


District 102 (Richardson) - Targeted by Republicans 

 

Ana-Maria Ramos (incumbent since 2019) did not return the questionnaire. (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 105 (Irving) - Targeted by Republicans

Terry Meza

 

Terry Meza (incumbent since 2019) (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 108 (Dallas) - Flippable District 
Incumbent: Morgan Meyer (R) since 2015.

Joanna Cattanach

 

Joanna Cattanach (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

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Tom Ervin

 

 

Shawn D. Terry did not return the questionnaire. 

 


District 112 (Richardson) - Flippable District 
Incumbent: Angie Chen Button (R) since 2009.

Brandy Chambers

 

Brandy Chambers (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 113 (Garland) - Targeted by Republicans 

Rhetta Andrews Bowers

 

Rhetta Andrews Bowers (incumbent since 2019) (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 114 (Dallas) - Targeted by Republicans

 

John Turner (incumbent since 2019) did not return the questionnaire. (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 115 (Carrollton) - Targeted by Republicans

 

Julie Johnson (incumbent since 2019) did not return the questionnaire. (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 121 (San Antonio) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Steve Allison (R) since 2019.

Becca DeFelice

 

Becca DeFelice 

 

Celina Montoya

 

Celina Montoya (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

 

Jack Guerra did not return the questionnaire. 

 


District 126 (Spring) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Sam Harless (R) since 2019.

Natali Hurtado

 

Natali Hurtado (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

 

Dr. Undrai Fizer did not return the questionnaire. 

 


District 128 (Deer Park) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Briscoe Cain (R) since 2017.

Josh Markle

 

Josh Markle

 

 

Mary E. Williams (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 132 (Katy) - Targeted by Republicans

Gina Calanni

 

Gina Calanni (incumbent since 2019) (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 134 (West University Place) - Flippable District
Incumbent: Sarah Davis (R) since 2011.

Lanny Bose

 

Lanny Bose  

 

Ann Johnson

 

Ann Johnson (Won primary. Will continue to November election.)

 

Ruby Powers

 

Ruby Powers


 

District 135 (Houston) - Targeted by Republicans 

Jon Rosenthal

 

Jon E. Rosenthal (incumbent since 2019) (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 136 (Austin) - Targeted by Republicans

John Bucy

 

John Bucy (incumbent since 2019) (Uncontested. Will continue to November election.)

 


District 138 (Houston) - Flippable District
Open seat vacated by Dwayne Bohac (R) 

Akilah Bacy

 

Akilah Bacy (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

Josh Wallenstein

 

Josh Wallenstein 

 

 

Jenifer Rene Pool did not return the questionnaire. (Will advance to primary runoff)

 

This list does not include endorsements on behalf of Progress Texas. All Democratic candidates in races we’re watching that have officially filed are listed.

For more information on our plan for flipping Texas in 2020, view our Special Report and sign up for updates.