AUSTIN (KXAN) — Current Austin City Council member Greg Casar kicked off his campaign for Texas’ newly redrawn Congressional District 35 on Saturday — with three central Texas parties.
Casar, a Democrat, announced his run last week in a Twitter video, where he said, “A better world is possible if we fight for it. That’s why I’m running for Congress. To stop the attacks on working Texans. To win Medicare for all, good jobs, affordable housing and a strong democracy.”
District 35 is currently occupied by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, but the Democrat said he’ll leave the seat to run in District 37, which also has new lines. The new District 35 encompasses most of Travis County east of Interstate 35, but snakes south down the freeway through Hays and Comal counties, all the way into Bexar County and parts of San Antonio.
Meanwhile, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, who represents District 51 in the Texas House, announced Wednesday he’s also vying for District 35. Rodriguez was elected to his state post in 2002. District 51 covers central, east and southeast Travis County. The newly-drawn lines for the Congressional district include about 80% of Rodriguez’s current House district.
Several notable state and local figures will attend the event, including former State Sen. Wendy Davis, Travis County DA José Garza, and Austin Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison.
Casar has been a member of Austin City Council since 2015, where he represents District 4 in central Austin. His current term is set to expire in 2025.
Events were held in San Antonio, San Marcos and in downtown Austin.