The Effort to Unseat Rep. Lamar Smith Is On

Democrats line up to challenge climate-science denying GOP incumbent

Screenshot from the Race to Replace Lamar Smith website
Screenshot from the "Race to Replace Lamar Smith" website (image via https://replacelamar.com/)

If you haven't yet declared your candidacy to unseat Congressman Lamar "Know-Nothing" Smith, the longtime GOP incumbent in HD 21, you may want to get in line. At least six Democratic hopefuls have already queued up to compete to unseat the climate-science denying, scientist-censoring Smith, and others may be waiting for just the right moment to declare for next spring's Dem primary. The list so far includes, according to ReplaceLamar.com, a self-explanatory website:

Derrick Crowe: communications director for SafePlace, and former Congressional aide

Joseph Kopser: president of Grayline, high-tech entrepreneur, Army veteran

Elliott McFadden: director of Austin B-cycle, transit and housing activist, Dem party leader

Rixi Melton: small-business consultant, working mother, political activist

Chris Perri: attorney, director of pro bono UT-Law Expunction Project

Tom Wakely: longtime labor and health care activist, minister; challenged Smith in 2016.

Other potential candidates considering a run include emergency physician Ryan Allen and minister and math professor Mary Wilson. Race to Replace will host a candidate forum, scheduled for Sat., June 3, 5:30-7:30pm at the Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth.

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