2018 Democratic Candidates


U. S. Senate: Beto O'Rourke

Beto O’Rourke is the three-term U.S. Representative for Texas’s 16th congregational district in his native El Paso. He announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Ted Cruz on March 31, 2017. Representative O’Rourke is not accepting any PAC money and thus is relying on individual contributions to his campaign. His website is betofortexas.com.


U.S. Representative District 21

Derrick Crowe is a progressive Democrat, former small business owner and Capitol Hill staffer. His website is electcrowe.com.

Joseph Kopser is an Army veteran, job creator as a tech entrepreneur, who has a MA in Public Administration from Harvard. His website is kopserforcongress.com.

Elliott McFadden is a former Executive Director of the Travis County Democratic Party, CEO of Austin B-cycle, and led a successful campaign to invest $65 in affordable housing in Austin. His website is mcfaddenfortx21.com.

Rixi Melton is a working mother and small business consultant. Her website is rixiforcongress.com.

Chris Perri is a criminal defense attorney who directs the pro bono UT Law Expunction Project, who has a master’s degree in economics and who was awarded the Excellence in Public Interest Award for his pro bono work. His website is chrisperrifortexas.com.

Mary Wilson,  a math teacher for over 20 years and  a minister for the last fifteen years, listens to people’s stories and helps them figure our their solutions. Her website is electmarywilson.com.

U.S. Representative for District 25

Ben Garves is senior project manager at SOLARWINDS, a past Democratic campaign volunteer, and was involved in planning for the Austin March for Science and Tax marches. His website is bengarves.com.

Chetan Panda is a first-generation American with a degree in International Economics who works for a mutual fund company. His website is panda2018.com.

Kathi Thomas owns a special event and planning company, was Precinct Chair in Hays County, ran for state sentate in 2006 and for District 25 representative in 2016. Her website is kathiforcongress.com.


Texas Lt. Governor: Mike Collier

Mike Collier has an MBA from the University of Texas and has served as CFO of a successful Texas oil company and as an auditor and partner providing due diligence, structuring and valuation services to some of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ largest clients. In 2016, he ran for Texas Comptroller. His issues include: public education, school finance and tax reform, access to affordable health care, funding of women’s health programs, climate change, and redistricting.  Check out his website at collierfortexas.com.


Texas Agriculture Commissioner: Kim Olson

Kim Olson is a retired US Air Force Colonel, a farmer, and a former school board trustee. She is committed to Eco-Agriculture, serving Texas veterans and championing public education. Her website is kimolson4txag.com.


Texas Senate District 25: Steven Kling

Steven Kling joined the Army Reserve in 2004 and received the Bronze Star during his 11 years of distinguished service. The following issues are the bedrock of his campaign: supporting veterans, restoring local control, healthcare, and education. He is tired of the toxic ideology promoted by the incumbent, Donna Campbell. His website is klingfortexas.com.


Texas House Representative District 47

Candace Aylor is owner of Candace Aylor Consulting, LLC and is a mental health advocate. Website unavailable at this time.

Vikki Goodwin is the owner of Goodwin & Goodwin Real Estate, served on the grant review committee for Impact Austin and co-chaired the AISD Strategic Plan Task Force. Her website is vikki4txhouse.com.

Sheri Soltes was a civil trial attorney and founded and has run a successful business (Service Dogs, Inc.) for 30 years. Her website is sherifortexas.com.

Will Simpson  Information unavailable at this time. His website is willrsimpson.com.


Travis County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3

Sylvia Holmes is an Associate Director for UT’s Legal Services for Students who has over 10 years of experience in small claims and misdemeanor criminal law. Her website is sylviaforjp3.com.

Susan Steeg has been Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 since 2007 and has been a lawyer for 38 years. Her website is susansteeg.com.


Austin City Council, District 8

Shane Sexton has worked in law enforcement since 2000 and is currently Police Officer and Training Coordinator for St. Edward’s University Police Department. He has a MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s. His website is shane4atx.com.

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