As Austinites continue trying to extinguish multiple disasters in their neighborhoods, one local elected official who helped inflame the crises now wants to leave for more power in Washington, D.C.

Austin City Councilman Greg Casar—a self-proclaimed member of the Democratic Socialists of America—will be the Democrat nominee in the contest for a newly opened seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (the U.S. 35th Congressional District, which spans from Austin to San Antonio).

Casar collected 58 percent of the district’s Democrat votes in Tuesday’s primary election. He was recently endorsed by fellow socialist U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Casar’s actions at city hall over the past seven years have wreaked havoc on Austinites, including an affordability crisis among working families, a lawless public camping debacle, and a “defund the police” disaster. Texas Scorecard has previously detailed those events.

Moreover, Casar and the Democrat-run council have repeatedly funneled citizens’ money toward killing babies, with Casar fighting against Texas’ new life-saving Heartbeat Act and even saying more abortions will make Austin a “safer and better place to live.”

“The people of Austin will make sure that the people who he needs to support his next adventure know what he has actually done,” wrote citizen group Save Austin Now when Casar first considered the contest.

The Republican nominee for the November race has yet to be determined, as the party’s two top vote-getting candidates—Dan McQueen and Michael Rodriguez—will first face off in a runoff election in May. The newly drawn district is a likely Democrat seat.

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.