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State Representative Candidates

Note to the Voter: Remember that you are the HR person choosing who is best qualified to be a Texas State House Representative. Check out their educational background, their work history, and Community Service. If they are an Incumbents (IN) who Candidates up for re-election what I their voting record. Make sure it matches up with your core beliefs and what they are saying from the campaign trail they support. Which candidate is best qualified over all and lines up best with your beliefs? That is who you should vote for.

About the Office: 

The Texas House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Texas State Legislature. Alongside the Texas State Senate, it forms the legislative branch of the Texas state government and works alongside the governor of Texas to create laws and establish a state budget. Legislative authority and responsibilities of the Texas House of Representatives include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes. Members serve two year terms and are not subject to term limits. They assume office at the beginning of the legislative session in January. Look up Incumbents who are current members to see their bills they wrote or cowrote plus their voting record and more by going to: https://house.texas.gov/members/. It is very telling how they voted. See if it lines up with their campaign promises and your personal beliefs. As of the 2020 Census, Texas state representatives represented an average of 194,555 residents. 

Qualifications

To be eligible to seek office a candidate must be:

A U.S. citizen

21 years old before the general election

A two-year resident of Texas before the general election

A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election

Salaries

$7,200/year $221/day. Set by the ethics commission.

Pension

The highest a legislature can earn for retirement is $125,000, with an average of $17,526 annually. 

Sources: Ballotpedia https://ballotpedia.org/; Texas_House_of_Representatives, https://house.texas.gov/about-us/

Texas House of Representatives Candidates and Members by District 

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District 1 

Jurisdiction:  Bowie (100%), Cass (100%), Lama (100%), Morris (100%), and Red River (100%)

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District 2 Kristen Washington Minister, most recently served her hometown as Councilwoman for District 3.  She became the 2nd Daughter in Ministry at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, in Greenville, Tx. She now leads the church's Faith Evangelism Digital Media Ministry also known as F.E.D Media and serves as Minister of Communications. Kristen has a true servant’s heart and as a member of the Ancient Free Accepted Masons Dallas, Tx Queen of Sheba Grand Chapter Divine Light #32 where she served as Secretary and Associate Matron, and previous member M.W Mount Carmel Grand Lodge of Texas A.F.A.M & Deborah Grand Chapter O.E.S Lily of the Valley Chapter #55 Dallas, Tx. Additionally, she is a member of Zeta Amicae Dallas which is an auxiliary of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.- Kappa Zeta Chapter, The Corporation for Cultural Diversity Greenville, Tx Inc. and the NAACP Greenville, Tx. She has represented District 3 and all citizens of Greenville by serving on the Greenville Downtown Steering Committee, Transportation Committee, Chair of the Neighborhood and Facilities Development Committee as well as Public Safety and Community Development.

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Jurisdiction:  Hopkins (100%), Hunt (100%), and Van Zandt (100%)

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District 2 up for re-election 2024 

Jurisdiction:  Hopkins (100%), Hunt (100%), and Van Zandt (100%)

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District 3 Unopposed up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction:  Montgomery (27%), and Waller (100%)

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District 4 Alex Bar-Sela  Teacher 

One of the many was the deplorable state of Texas' foster care system and the shameful way our most vulnerable children are being ignored by the body politic in Austin. The ever growing drive to privatize everything has led to kids who are being abused and neglected, being ignored by our state government.

Now I read that a Federal judge has ruled to fine the State of Texas $100,000 a day for their neglect. It is sad to think that the incumbent candidate in our district has not been a driver for protecting our most vulnerable by acting against the willful disregard of our children perpetrated by his party. I vow to take action to protect our kids from the trafficking and abuse that seems to have been prevalent under the "watchful eye" of the current CPS. Don't privatize, prioritize. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. Since our society is being micromanaged by Republicans in Austin, it is fair to say they are failing us all by failing our children.

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Jurisdiction:  Henderson(84%), and Kaufman (100%)

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District 4 up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction:  Henderson(84%), and Kaufman (100%)

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District 5 Unopposed up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction: Camp (100%), Morris (100%), Rains(100%), Smith (24%), Titus (100%), Upshur (100%), and Wood (100%)

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District 6 Cody Grace earned an associate degree from Tyler Junior College in 2004. Grace also attended the University of Texas at Tyler. His career experience includes working as a technology solutions consultant and small business owner. Previously, he worked as an IT technician in public education and an IT director in healthcare. "You and I have lost freedoms because we haven't been fighting for our rights in the State Caiptol. It's time to change that. I'm here to fight for you and your freedoms. I'm not going to waste time. I need your vote and I need your support."

Jurisdiction: : Smith (76%)

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District 6  up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction: : Smith (76%)

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District 7 Marlena R. Cooper Currently serving as the President of High Heels to Hardhats/MP Construction & Dev., Marlena has cultivated a remarkable career in impactful public service. With a focus on strategic scheduling, operations, and branding for construction companies, Marlena's leadership has driven projects totaling over $130 million. Her commitment to community growth was evident in her role as the Director of Operations at Fisher Homes of Texas, where she played a key role in managing projects, refining operational systems, and orchestrating successful marketing campaigns for substantial revenue growth. Beyond her professional achievements, Marlena's dedication to public service shines through her role as a Grant Manager at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Here, she managed federally funded projects, assisting communities in economic development—a testament to her commitment to uplifting those around her.  Marlena's devotion to education is another facet of her impactful career. As an Adjunct Professor at Houston Community College System and a US History Educator at Klein Independent School District, she left an indelible mark on the academic growth of over 100 8th-grade students. 

Experience

High Heels to Hardhats President Jan 2014 – Current

Houston Community College System Adjunct Professor Aug 2012 – Aug 2014

Pulaski Technical College Adjunct Professor August 2008 – August 2011

Fisher Homes of Texas Director of Operations March 2013 – June 2014

Sudhoff Properties Marketing Dir. & Event Coordinator August 2012 – March 2013

Arkansas Economic Development Commission Grant Manager August 2012 – March 2013

Klein Independent School District U.S. History Educator August 2008 – August 2011

Community Involvement

Longview Planning and Zoning Commission Commissioner

Junior League of Longview Sustainer

Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow 

Gregg County Democrats Member

Minority Coalition for Economic Development Treasurer

Jurisdiction: Gregg (100%), and Upshur (100%) 

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District 7 up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction: Gregg (100%), and Upshur (100%)

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District 8 Carolyn F. Salter was born in Denver, Colorado. She earned a degree from UT Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 1981. Her professional experience includes working as a physician. Salter was board certified as an anesthesiologist in 1989. Her experience has also included serving as a general practitioner with a focus on pain control in the private medical practice shared with her husband in Palestine, Texas.

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Jurisdiction:   Anderson (100%), Freestone (100%), Hill (100%), and Navarro (100%)

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District 8 up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction:   Anderson (100%), Freestone (100%), Hill (100%), and Navarro (100%)

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District 9 Unopposed up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction:  Cass (100%), Harrison (100%), Marion (100%), Panola (100%), and Sabine (100%)

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District 10 Unopposed up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction:  Ellis (100%), and Henderson (16%)

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District 11 Unopposed up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction:  Cherokee (100%), Nacogdoches (100%), and Rusk (100%)

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District 12 Dee Howard Mullins Dee's extensive background in federal government service spanning over two decades has equipped her with the knowledge and experience necessary to navigate the complexities of public service. This wealth of experience has honed Dee's understanding of the intricacies of governance and has provided her with the skills required to address the diverse needs of the community. Additionally, Dee's four years of dedicated service on the city council have given her a firsthand perspective on local issues and a proven track record of delivering tangible results for constituents. During this time, Dee has actively engaged with the community, listened to concerns, and worked collaboratively to implement positive changes.

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Jurisdiction: : Brazos (16%), Falls (100%), Limestone (100%), McLennan (29%), and Robertson (100%)

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District 12 up for re-election 2024

Jurisdiction: : Brazos (16%), Falls (100%), Limestone (100%), McLennan (29%), and Robertson (100%)

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