Candidates backed by far-left organizations are on the ballot in Texas’ local runoff elections in June.
Our Revolution Texas, whose North Texas branch Texas Scorecard previously reported on, states they “fight to turn Texas progressive.” The organization alleges popular support for policies such as Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, and “tax the rich.”
The group boasts of nine wins so far in local elections this year and has endorsed in local runoff elections across the state.
In Fort Worth, the group is backing Deborah Peoples for mayor and Chris Nettles in District 8. Meanwhile, in Dallas, they’re backing Adam Bazaldua—who led the charge to defund the police overtime budget—in District 7 and Jesse Moreno in District 2. In Allen, they endorsed Lauren Doherty for Place 3.
In Arlington, Diana Saleh in District 3 has their support. In San Antonio, they support Roberto Trevino in District 1, Jalen McKee-Rodriguez in District 2, Teri Castillo in District 5, and John Courage in District 9. In McAllen, Thelma Tamez has their support for District 3. In the El Paso ISD board runoff, they endorsed Vanessa Betts (Place 3).
In Grand Prairie, they’re backing Junior Ezeonu in District 8, who has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party, the leftist organization that has taken credit for the election of Democrat Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.
WFP has also endorsed Bazaldua, Saleh, Trevino, McKee-Rodriguez, Castillo, Nettles, and Peoples. Additionally, they have endorsed Dallas Councilmember Carolyn King-Arnold’s opponent in District 4, Maxie Johnson, who is also supported by local Black Lives Matter activist Dominique Alexander.
Run for Something (RFS) is a leftist organization whose vision is to “build the bench,” using local government offices as a farm system to generate candidates for higher office. According to them, candidates they’ve supported have expanded Medicaid in Virginia, pushed climate change regulations in New York, and were involved in weakening election integrity in Texas’ Harris County.
RFS says they’ve endorsed 1,480 candidates throughout the nation in 2020, and a total of 488 were elected in 36 state legislatures and 28 school boards, city councils, or county boards. During the Chinese coronavirus outbreak, they helped connect candidates with resources made available by more than 40 Democrat organizations. The group has also managed to get its narratives published in mainstream publications.
They’ve endorsed in this year’s local elections as well, and some of their candidates will be on the ballot in the June 5 runoffs.
In Fort Worth, RFS is backing Dr. Jared Williams’ challenge of incumbent District 6 Councilmember Jungus Jordan. Junior Ezeonu in Grand Prairie also has their backing.
They also support Ariela Martinez for Castleberry ISD. A complete list of RFS endorsements can be found here.
Election Day for the local runoff elections is June 5. Early voting runs from May 24 to June 1.