Election 2010 – Texas 18th Congressional District
Now running for her 9th term in Congress, Democrat Sheila Jackson-Lee has become an important voice in the Democratic congress and in the Congressional Black Congress. She has been a strong progressive, rallying for more action to deal with the genocide in Darfur as well as backing a renewal of the ban of assault weapons. To learn more about the incumbent and her campaign, click here.
However, she angered some of constituents by backing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Presidential primary and is accused by some of being aloof from her Houston district. This has led to two Democratic primary challengers as well as three Republicans in their own primary.
Democratic Primary Challengers
Jarvis Johnson is a young African-American City Councilor from Houston. He wants to take the issues that he has focused on in the city and bring them to Washington DC. These include a focus on inner-city education, economic development and more accessible and affordable health care. To learn more about his campaign, click here.
Sean Roberts also hopes to unseat the incumbent and bring fresh blood to the congressional seat. He attended the University of Houston in the late 1980s and has stuck around in the city ever since. A trial lawyer who runs a boutique law firm, Roberts has also been heavily involved in his Houston community and with his local church. To learn more, click here.
Three Republicans are looking for the chance to take on the Democrats in this traditionally blue district. They include Tex Christopher, a former bull rider and currently a household adviser on health care, taxes and energy, John Faulk, a former public accountant and health-care activist, and Brenda Page, a mediator and attorney.