Texas Working Families Party congratulates Lina Hidalgo on her election to be Harris County Executive as well as Dallas-area women candidates who flipped Republican seats to win in today’s election. Texas Working Families Party is new to the state but is using this election to build progressive power toward 2019 when hundreds of city council and school board seats in the state will be up for election. The growing political powerhouse played a critical role in these races, recruiting and building the infrastructure of volunteers and activists who powered these candidates to victory.

Lina Hidalgo beat 10-year incumbent Republican Ed Emmett to become the Harris County Executive, America’s third largest county. In the Dallas suburbs, Rhetta Andrews Bowers beat Republican newcomer Jonathan Boos, who was running on an anti-immigrant, anti-woman’s health, and anti-gun reform platform for the open seat in HD 113. Julie Johnson, an attorney and political newcomer, ousted Republican incumbent Matt Rinaldi in HD 115. Ana-Maria Ramos, an attorney and associate professor at El Centro College, unseated Republic incumbent Linda Koop in HD 102. Kay Brown-Patrick won her DeSoto City Council, Place 2 race and Shaunte Allen prevailed in her bid for Glenn Heights City Council.

“Today’s wins show the opportunity and hunger for bold working families candidates in Texas,” said Jorge Contreras, state director of Texas Working Families Party. “Voters are responding to our candidates’ progressive platforms including Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and increased public school funding.”

Texas Working Families Party mobilized its grassroots supporter base to volunteer for endorsed candidates. Support included volunteer canvassing; an extensive texting program, educating and turning out voters; candidate training; and campaign consultation.

Working Families Party’s canvass engaged in 100,000 contact attempts, including street canvasses and phone calls and provided some staff support. TX WFP sent 100,000 text messages and did social media advertising for endorsed candidates.

The Working Families Party is a grassroots progressive political party that fights to make our country work for the many, not just the few. WFP recruits, trains and elects the the next generation of progressive leaders to office — and then works with those leaders to win meaningful policy changes that make a difference in the lives of working families.

The WFP is working in hundreds of races this year, large and small, in an effort to elect more progressive leaders and end Republican control of Congress and in state houses.