✅LEFT UP TO US ENDORSES Candace Aylor (D-TX)
Aylor is a registered nurse who has been practicing for 16 years and specializes in public health, mental health care, and trauma-informed system transformation. She prioritizes health care for all both as a national and a statewide plan; protection for workers and people using Texas service systems; justice systems that are fair and equitable for underserved, marginalized, and oppressed people and families; and funding public education while easing property tax burdens. Aylor is particularly passionate about mental wellness and trauma recovery and has supported best practices in community health, community policing, disability rights, child welfare, and juvenile justice in a wide variety of volunteer roles at the local, state, and national levels, as well as professionally as a health policy and systems consultant.
WIll Simpson (D-TX)
According to his campaign website, Simpson became “woke” to the realities of life without a civically engaged public after Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election win. Simpson is chief operating officer of a boutique recruiting firm and has been involved in the tech field throughout his career. He wants to end gerrymandering, opposes legislation that would interfere with women’s access to reproductive health care, and supports legislation that promotes equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community. Simpson supports updating the state's portion of AISD's school funding and lowering local property taxes.
Vikki Goodwin (D-TX)
Goodwin is broker and owner of Goodwin & Goodwin Real Estate Inc. and holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She believes that our school finance system is broken and strongly opposes public funding of private schools. Goodwin cares about improving infrastructure, including, roads and mass transit, and opposes the state’s efforts to punish cities that enact policies and ordinances the state doesn’t like. She supports the creation of an unbiased redistricting commission to end gerrymandering. After supporting Republican Gerald Daugherty in the race for Travis County Commissioner, Goodwin told the Oak Hill Gazette that she would neither resign nor sign a pledge promising to withhold support for Republicans. Goodwin’s support of Daugherty in 2012 and 2016 earned her criticism and the loss of her seat as precinct chair.
Sheri Soltes (D-TX)
Soltes is the founder and owner of Service Dogs, Inc. and a former civil trial attorney who has represented unions and workers in personal injury and class action suits. Through Service Dogs, she has worked with various local justice agencies to pair dogs with juvenile victims to provide comfort and to offenders to promote empathy and responsibility. Her platform emphasizes water conservation, renewable energy, and access to health care for veterans. She supports student loan forgiveness, increasing state funding of public schools back to 50 percent, strengthening special education, and providing free breakfasts to low-income kids. She opposes SB4, school vouchers, and tax breaks intended to motivate companies to move here.
Elaina Fowler (D-TX)
Fowler serves as State Director of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) State Retirees Council. Before working at AFSCME, Fowler was chief of staff for Democratic state representative Helen Giddings and worked for then-Austin Mayor Pro-Tem Sheryl Cole as a policy aide. Fowler supports changing public school recapture and finding a way to increase teacher pay that does not result in a reduction of student funding. She has called for a path to Open Space Exemption so property owners can maintain their lands’ natural condition and if elected hopes to address pay gaps across gender and ethnicity pay. In announcing its endorsement of Fowler, the Austin Chronicle praised her for being willing to work across the aisle, having a “demonstrable record of working across party lines, having co-written a bill (among the handful she's written) with former right-wing firebrand Rep. Molly White.”