Ruben Ramirez and Michelle Vallejo received new endorsements in Texas’ 15th Congressional District Democratic Party primary runoff. Ramirez and Vallejo were the top two finishers in the Democratic Party primary election on March 1, with Ramirez receiving 28.3% of the vote and Vallejo receiving 20.1%.
Texas State Reps. Armando Martinez (D) and Terry Canales (D) endorsed Vallejo on March 20. Vallejo’s “energy and experience makes her the right choice for Congress,” Martinez said. Canales said, “I am supporting Michelle Vallejo because she has the grit and vision to fight for the hardworking people in Congressional District 15.” U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D), who represents California’s 40th Congressional District, also endorsed Vallejo. “I know that Michelle Vallejo will become a titan for change in Congress to protect vital programs like healthcare, better funding for public educators, and social security,” Roybal-Allard said.
Vallejo’s other endorsements include U.S. Reps. Sylvia Garcia (D) of Texas’ 29th Congressional District and Veronica Escobar (D) of Texas’ 16th Congressional District, former 15th Congressional District candidate Eliza Alvarado (D), former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts. The United Farm Workers Union, LUPE Votes, Hidalgo County Texan Democrats, and the Working Families Party also endorsed Vallejo.
Texas 15th Congressional District incumbent Vicente Gonzalez (D) endorsed Ramirez in February, and Ramirez also announced an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D), who represents California’s 38th Congressional District. “Ruben has always shown up when his community called him — in the classroom, on the battlefield, or in the courtroom. I know that he will show up and fight for everyone in his district. I look forward to working with Ruben in Congress,” Sanchez said.
Other elected officials endorsing Ramirez include U.S. Reps. Ruben Gallego (D) of Arizona’s 7th Congressional District and Lou Correa (D), who represents California’s 46th Congressional District. Ramirez also received endorsements from New Politics, Democrats Serve, VoteVets, and the McAllen American Federation of Teachers.
The runoff election is scheduled to take place on May 24. Early voting will take place from May 16 to May 20.