With a heated Presidential Election in our midst, it is sometimes tough to keep up with important news surrounding other races. This is particularly the case in a state like Texas, which focuses so heavily on Republican/ Conservative media to start. But the March 1st Primary did prove to be an historic one for Progressives as well.
With over 78 percent of the vote, local politician Jenifer Rene Pool has garnered a decisive win in her Primary Race for Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 3. The victory makes Pool the First Transgender Candidate to win an election in the entire state of Texas, and one of a precious few openly transgender candidates to have won elections across the United States. She now moves on to face incumbent Republican Steve Radack in the November 8th General Election. (For more information on the history of Transgender Elected Officials and candidates, see the 2015 Report by the LGBTQ Representation and Rights Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, prepared by Logan S. Casey and Andrew Reynolds).
Prior to Election Day, Pool had earned many high profile endorsements from the Houston Chronicle, the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, and a host of other influential organizations.
Directly from Ms. Pool, here are some comments on this truly historic win…
I was gratified last night for the tremendous show of support. I am truly thankful that voters recognize me as a leader who can address the many serious issues facing Harris County, from our growing population to our copious infrastructure needs. I look forward to the campaign and General Election so we can build a better Harris County where it matters.
Pool has run previously for Houston City Council. Though she did garner over 17,000 votes in 2013, she did not move to the run-off for that election. However this week Ms. Pool was able to garner votes from over 24,000 Texans. In what is always assumed to be a very Conservative state, this victory is decisively Progressive.