Another prominent Democrat is joining the race to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
The new candidate is state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents a San Antonio-area district in Texas’s legislature. Next March, he’ll be facing other Democratic candidates at least including Rep. Colin Allred (Texas), who joined the race months prior and raised $6.2 million across the second quarter — meaning second three months — of this year.
As recapped by Axios, Gutierrez helped lead a charge after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, for updates to the state’s gun laws, though not much progress was seen on that front amid continuing GOP dominance in the state government. As seen with other candidates hoping to challenge controversial Republicans, Gutierrez spoke to Axios about trying to forge real solutions for his constituents instead of just engaging in political theatrics. And that sounds basic, but it’s not a given, considering first-term Florida GOP Rep. Anna Paulina Luna has already introduced nearly half a dozen measures in the House that all relate to Adam Schiff, the California Democrat. One of those was a proposed censure that the House eventually approved.
Do people in the Florida Republican’s district who are financially struggling really need another complaint about Schiff? “My platform is gonna be based on solving the real problems, not creating the boogeyman, not blaming whoever that marginalized person is,” the Texas state Senator said of his campaign against Ted.
Elsewhere in the country, highly watched Senate races on the ballot next year will include contests in Arizona, Montana, and Ohio. In all three of these states, a Democratic or Democratic Party-aligned Senator is set to go before voters, though Arizona Democrats have already indicated they’ll be supporting whoever wins their party’s primary rather than Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrat-turned-independent who’s the incumbent. And Joe Manchin’s seat in GOP-dominated West Virginia will also be on the ballot, meaning Democrats could face a tall order in next year’s high-stakes elections!