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MoveOn Members in Texas Vote Overwhelmingly to Endorse Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) for Congress

Members of MoveOn.org Political Action in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress. In Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, 93% of votes were cast in favor of Jones.

MoveOn’s endorsement comes ahead of the May 22 primary for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

“MoveOn is focused on winning a progressive majority in the House in 2019, and that includes supporting Democratic candidates running on populist and inclusive platforms everywhere Democrats are ready to compete,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “Gina Ortiz Jones will help steer the Democratic Party in a more progressive direction in 2019 and beyond with support for priorities including Medicare for All, the Dream Act, and other economic and racial justice issues.”

Gina Ortiz Jones has dedicated her life to public service. As a veteran, a member of the LGBTQ community, and a first-generation American, she would bring a unique perspective in Congress that’s sorely missing and fight for progressive values like health care for all. A victory by Gina Ortiz Jones in November would dramatically increase the chances of winning back Congress for the Democrats.

MoveOn has thousands of members in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District who will mobilize to volunteer and vote for Jones.

Here’s what a few MoveOn members in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District had to say about Jones:

“I believe Gina will be the leader we need representing our concerns and she has the courage to fight hard in congress in holding them accountable when they try to take away opportunity. We need someone like Gina and already she is standing strong to her convictions by action.” – Diane from San Antonio, TX

“We should support her, because she is a Veteran. Veterans have a unique set of values, standards and special input on military engagements all over the world. She has proven she can handle a high pressure setting. As a veteran myself, I want someone representing me who knows what the military have to go through and not be so quick to approve a vote for war—and will act in the best interests of protecting veterans benefits, Social Security, and Medicare.” – Aida from Eagle Pass, TX

This cycle, MoveOn members have also endorsed seven Senate candidates: progressives Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Sherrod Brown (OH), who are running for reelection in states Trump won; Beto O’Rourke (TX); as well as progressive champions Mazie Hirono (HI), Chris Murphy (CT), Bernie Sanders (VT), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) for reelection. MoveOn members have also endorsed Chuy García (IL4), Veronica Escobar (TX16), Conor Lamb (PA18), and Hiral Tipirneni (AZ08) for Congress, and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (GA).

In 2017 and 2018 to date, MoveOn members have contributed $1.5 million to candidates—including $250,000 for Senator-elect Doug Jones (AL) and $620,000 for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (MA) reelection. In 2016, MoveOn members raised $1.2 million for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, mobilized volunteers, and ran ads in support of endorsed candidates.

MoveOn.org Political Action represents the collective will of MoveOn’s members at the ballot box by helping to elect progressive candidates.