✅LEFT UP TO US ENDORSES Jose "Chito" Vela (D-TX)
Chito Vela is an immigration defense and criminal defense attorney who has served as chair of the Workers Defense Project, president of Blanton Elementary PTA, and General Counsel in the office of Democratic State House Rep. Solomon Ortiz Jr., HD33, in addition to other roles in public service. Vela is running on a staunchly progressive platform that supports a $15/hour statewide minimum wage, Medicaid expansion, marijuana legalization, and increased state spending on public education. Vela is the only candidate to have taken a public pledge, posted on his website and his campaign facebook page, not to accept government contracts, government-related consulting contracts, or to otherwise perform lobbying services while in office. Vela is also endorsed by many other progressive organizations, including Our Revolution Central Texas, Austin Tejano Democrats, Austin Young Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of Austin.
Sheryl Cole (D-TX)
Cole is an attorney, realtor, CPA, and lobbyist who has previously served on the Austin City Council, including time as Mayor Pro Tempore. According to her website, her public life began on her local PTA and in organizing community support as one of the tri-chairs of the AISD Bond Committee in 2004. Cole’s track record includes the Waller Creek Redevelopment Project and proposing a resolution to make Austin the first city in Texas to support marriage equality. It also includes repeated attempts to let lobbyists help rewrite the City’s Land Use and Development Code. Cole came under fire during the course of the HD-46 race for campaign contributions and public endorsements to known Republicans against Democrats in 2016. Cole’s platform emphasizes education, healthcare, and civil rights. Her Facebook page can be found here, and her full list of supporters here.