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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas Rep. Jasmine Crockett approved to take her place shortly after announcing her intention to retire.
As part of a group of Texas legislators who ran for Washington, DC in an attempt to block a vote on the state Republicans’ electoral integrity bill, Crockett, the first-term state representative in July, made headlines. To become law in September.
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“Some may wonder if I’m ready or not. I’m here to tell you I’m ready,” Crockett announced his candidacy at a news conference in Dallas on Wednesday.
Rep. Johnson, who served nearly 30 years in Congress, announced Saturday that he will retire at the end of his term next year. His campaign issued a statement following Crockett’s announcement that Crockett was “the man we need in Congress at this critical time.”
“A vibrant congressional district like the TX-30 needs a representative in Washington with great strength, passion for fighting, quick wit, leadership and constant drive,” Johnson’s campaign said in The Texas Tribune. Reported.
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Crockett, civil rights advocates and progressives are entering what is expected to be a crowded race in a district deemed safe for Democrats.
“I feel very proud to think she deserves it,” she said in response to Johnson’s approval. “She’s seen me work. I really think she knows what I want.”
Crockett said voting and abortion rights were among her top priorities if elected.
“When it comes to voting rights and reproductive rights, I think going back 50 years is a problem in and of itself,” he told The Dallas Morning News Reported. “We need to get back on track.”