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

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, 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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