Seven new candidates declare in Texas

Ballotpedia tracked seven new state-level candidates in Texas between Nov. 27-Dec. 3. This was two more candidates than the prior week. 

Four of those candidates are Democrats and three are Republicans. The seven candidates are running for the state legislature in 2024.

Details on five of these candidates are below:

  • Incumbent Salman Bhojani (D) is running for Texas House of Representatives District 92. Bhojani said, “[I] understand[ ] that when we give opportunities to every Texan, our state is stronger and our future is more secure. As State Representative, [I] will continue to fight for our community because everyone deserves the opportunity to live the American dream.”
  • Incumbent David Cook (R) is running for Texas House of Representatives District 96. Cook said, “[I have] devoted [my]self to our community most of [my] life. As Mayor of Mansfield, [I] led one of the fastest-growing cities in North Texas. [My] focus on responsible growth, economic development, transportation initiatives, and strong job creation helped get the city named by regional and national groups as one of the best cities in which to live. … As our next State Representative, [I] will continue to defend our values. [I] will fight to reduce taxpayer burdens and ensure that our struggling families and businesses thrive.”
  • Incumbent Morgan LaMantia (D) is running for Texas State Senate District 27. LaMantia said, “[I am] stepping up to provide the next generation of leadership for South Texas in the State Senate. Not your typical politician — [I] believe[ ] in getting things done. And [I] walk[ ] the walk as an active community volunteer … [I am] proudly standing up for South Texas because we are the workforce of Texas’ future. We’re leaders in space exploration, renewable energy, international trade, not to mention the produce capital that feeds the nation. [My] priorities include expanding access to affordable health care, standing by our teachers and public schools, and supporting small businesses, because [I] know[ ] when we stand by South Texas families, there’s nothing we can’t do.”
  • Elizabeth Ginsberg (D) is running for Texas House of Representatives District 108. Ginsberg said, “[I am] a respected Dallas lawyer, a working mom who runs [my] own small firm, and a longtime Democratic Party donor and volunteer. … [I] was the 2022 Democratic Nominee for HD108 and was motivated to run again because [I am] concerned about issues such as funding our public schools and property tax relief, public safety and the freedom from living in fear of gun violence, access to affordable health care, economic growth and opportunity, and protecting the environment. [I am] a tough, seasoned leader who is ready to fight for our fundamental values and rights as Americans and Texans.”
  • Joseph L. Trahan (R) is running for Texas State Senate District 15. Trahan said, “I want Texas Election Integrity to be the global standard … Elections belong to the people and I will see that WE get our elections back so we can believe in them. … Slash that Budget … cut the fat and watch our states economy grow even more! … Perpetual Audit to the voters … I want you see were every dollar goes … I want to End Tax Payer funded lobbying … End Property Tax … it’s immoral to make homeowners ‘rent’ their homes from the Govt & school board … School Choice/Parents Rights … These out of control school boards are distracting parents with child grooming, pro LBGTQX and gender confusion curriculum on purpose.”

Since the beginning of the year, Ballotpedia has identified 74 candidates for state-level office in Texas. Seven hundred and fifty candidates ran for state-level office in Texas in 2022, while 582 ran in 2020. In 2022, 277 were Democratic, while 384 were Republican. In 2020, 270 were Democratic and 249 were Republican. Nationally, Ballotpedia has tracked 680 Democrats and 829 Republicans running for state-level office in 2023, and 388 Democrats and 537 Republicans running in 2024. 

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