May 23, 2018/Blog

Meet your Texas Democratic Statewide Slate

Beto O’Rourke
Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senator

Beto O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in El Paso. He ran for El Paso City Council in 2005 and served for two terms before running for U.S. Congress in 2012, taking on an eight-term incumbent and winning. In Congress, Beto serves on the House Committees for Armed Services and Veterans Affairs.

He has made it a priority to work across the aisle to secure bipartisan support for his legislation because Beto knows our country is at its best when we can put party aside to work together, build consensus, and find common ground.

O’Rourke’s focus has been on improving the ability for veterans to get the health care — and other earned benefits — that they need. He’s also been focused on curbing the influence of corporate money in Congress. He helped introduce the “No PAC Act,” which would stop candidates for federal office from relying on PACs to bankroll their campaigns. His campaign is entirely fueled by YOU, not PACs because he stands for the voices of everyday Americans.

Lupe Valdez
Democratic Nominee for Governor

The daughter of migrant farmworkers and the youngest child in a family of ten — Lupe Valdez learned the value of a strong work ethic and the opportunity that comes with education. With these values, she became Sheriff of Dallas County, the only Latina sheriff in the United States and one of very few LGBTQ Americans serving in public office. 

In 2004, Lupe Valdez shook the political establishment in Dallas County, becoming one of the first Democrats elected countywide in many years.

Valdez believes that men shouldn’t get in between Texas women and their doctors. She believes every person, every Texan should be protected regardless of ethnicity, race, and gender. She knows that investing in our state’s infrastructure is crucial not only to our growth and development but as well for the economy.



Mike Collier
Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor

Mike Collier has built a reputation for rigorous financial analysis, independent decision-making, and a commitment to telling the truth, no matter what. If we’re going to hold politicians accountable, that’s exactly what Texas needs right now.

Mike Collier knows that public education is Texas’ highest priority because a skilled, educated workforce is essential to our prosperity as a state. Texas should lead the nation in public school excellence and have the world’s top-ranked universities. Financial security and economic opportunity for working and middle class Texans should be important to every single leader. Which is why he will promote a living wage, an increase in the minimum wage, access to affordable health care, and retirement security as your next Lieutenant Governor.

Justin Nelson
Democratic Nominee for Attorney General

Justin was born and raised in Houston. He took the values he learned from his time in the Houston public school system with him to clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the United States Supreme Court, and practices these same values every day in service of Texans like you.

Justin will fight to protect our healthcare, restore voting rights, and ensure a fair shot for all.

Joi Chevalier
Democratic Nominee for Texas Comptroller

Joi Chevalier’s background in corporate and civic work is quite extensive, often focusing on innovative and first-time technologies, programs, and boards serving large, underserved constituencies. She speaks regularly on entrepreneurship, food+tech, product management, and the opportunity for women and African-Americans in technology and through food entrepreneurship.

Joi Chevalier believes the comptroller’s office needs to better guide the investment decisions that Texas lawmakers make to keep the state competitive. She will urge lawmakers to close tax loopholes, diversify state revenue sources and adopt a fairer and more equitable revenue mix that will ease pressure on residential property owners.

Miguel Suazo
Democratic Nominee for Texas Land Commissioner

As a businessman and an attorney specializing in energy and natural resources,
Miguel Suazo will use his expertise in business and law to bring professionalism and pride to the General Land Office while protecting the land that we love. His experience includes working as an energy attorney in Houston and in policy, having previously served as a staff member to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) who served on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Miguel Suazo knows that climate change is an issue that requires local, regional, national, and global collaboration because it impacts all of us. It’s on us to preserve and defend our coast and its cities. The key lies in being proactive, not just reactive.

Kim Olson
Democratic Nominee for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

Retired Air Force Colonel, one of the first female pilots, and a fourth-generation farmer Kim Olson is exceptionally equipped to lead the economic engine that is Texas agriculture. She’s heard from farmers, ranchers, educators, and every day people who shop at the local co-op, farmers market, and grocery store.

Kim Olson believes that representative government should reflect the people’s interests, and the only way that happens is by walking farms and fields. Kim visits folks where they work and live – their kitchens, local coffee shops, restaurants, town halls. She believes these are some of the best places to understand and appreciate Texans.

Roman McAllen
Democratic Nominee for Railroad Commissioner

Roman McAllen who was born and raised in Houston, is using his diverse background which includes planning and Architecture to preserve our historic resources in Texas. From working for the City of Brownsville in planning and historic preservation to being the preservation officer for the City of Denton, Roman McAllen believes it’s up to us to come together to conserve our beautiful state for the generations to follow.

The Commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission have been protecting the industry, not the public. And he wants to change that.

Judge Steve Kirkland
for Justice of the Supreme Court Place 2

Steve Kirkland has served as a judge in the municipal and district courts for 12 years. Off the bench, Steve has been recognized for developing and implementing Houston’s innovative Homeless Recovery Court and working with the non-profit community.

Judge R. K. Sandill
for Justice of the Supreme Court Place 4

Ravi K. Sandill is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law Center. He is a former briefing attorney for Ret. Justice Murry B. Cohen of Texas’s First District Court of Appeals. During his years of practice, he focused primarily on employment, commercial, appellate, and covenant-not-to-compete litigation.

Kathy Cheng
for Justice of the Supreme Court Place 6

Kathy Cheng is a first generation Asian American. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and her passion for justice eventually led her to Houston to attend South Texas College of Law. For over a decade, Kathy has been the voice for her clients city of Houston.

Judge Maria (Terry) Jackson
for Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeal

Judge Jackson has been the presiding Judge of the 339th State District Court in Houston, Harris County, Texas since 2008. Her devotion does not stop at public service. When she is not pursuing her passion for the law, Judge Jackson serves her community by mentoring at-risk youth, high school students, law students and young lawyers.

Judge Ramona Franklin
for Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7

Judge Franklin presides over the 338th Criminal District Court. Upon graduating from law school, Franklin moved to Houston to serve as an assistant district attorney for Harris County. Ramona is committed to instilling confidence back into the community’s perception of the criminal justice system and will administer appropriate and fair sentences with a hand of grace, toughness and compassion.