Members Running For Office
Below you can find info about Pantsuit Republic members who are running for office. Please note that this is presented purely for informational purposes. Pantsuit Republic will not be formally endorsing candidates at this time.
My name is Vanessa Adia and I am running for United States Congress, Texas District 12.
I am a native Texan and came to Tarrant County in 1998 to attend TCU. Helping others has always been my passion and I have given back to this community by serving as a youth minister, managing charitable giving at a local business, serving as a member of the Benbrook Parks and Recreation Board and Planning and Zoning Committee, and most recently as a teacher at Benbrook Middle-High School. I love teaching and have been recognized as the Teaching Chair of Excellence in Secondary Science. I have recently realized that being an educator isn’t enough to improve the lives of our children anymore. Our country has become increasingly hostile to anyone who doesn’t fit the dominant culture’s mold and every day Americans have numerous obstacles that keep them from pursuing their personal liberty and happiness.
I am running to repeal and replace Kay Granger because I believe that it is time for the people of North Texas to have a representative who will listen to the people over corporations. I will fight for our public schools, a single-payer healthcare system, a stronger economy with a living wage for all workers, and comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VanessaAdiaforCongress
Brandy K. Chambers for Texas House, District 112
My name is Brandy K. Chambers and I am running for Texas House Representative for District 112 (Garland, Richardson, Sachse & Rowlett).
I will change the landscape of North Texas. As an established employment lawyer, my goal is to represent real Texas values and challenge extremist propaganda by removing barriers affecting the lower and middle class.
I have taken on the task of bringing people together with real solutions. As a mother, I want to see a better future for everyone’s children. I am well-positioned to persuade voters with a commonsense economic message that emphasizes the importance of all Texas families getting a fair shot. As an attorney, I believe that everyone should have a voice. As a mediator, I listen carefully and craft resolutions for people locked in conflict. As an employment attorney, I know what is needed to remove barriers, creating more economic opportunities. As an active citizen in my community, I supported rape victims as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for The Turning Point. As an advocate, I am a voice for equal rights to housing, fair policy for workers, education, healthcare, and the due process of law.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BrandyforTexas
Campaign site: https://brandykchambers.com
Christine Eady Mann for United States Congress, Texas District 31
My name is Dr. Christine Eady Mann and I am running for United States Congress, Texas District 31.
I’ve been a family physician in Cedar Park for more than 18 years. When my partner and I opened our practice in 1999, I was the mother of a newborn, a 2-year old, and a 13-year-old. I understand the challenges of being a working mother! After my partner left, I became the sole owner. In 2010, I merged with Northwest Diagnostic Clinic in Cedar Park.
My husband, Travis, and I live in Leander with our dog, cats, chickens, and ducks. He teaches Business and Technical Communications at ACC, and he helps teenagers at Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center. My daughter Taryn lives with her husband Jeff in Pflugerville, son Taylor is pursuing a degree in Computer Science at UT, and son Ty will graduate from Leander High in June.
I have considered running for elective office for several years, but the time was never quite right.
After the 2016 election, I found myself saying “someone needs to do something.” I am someone. And I can do something.
My medical training gives me an expertise in healthcare policy. My background in science provides me the skills needed to address a variety of issues, including the environment, drug policy, veterans needs, and women’s rights. Additionally, I am committed to supporting marginalized communities and to ensuring equality for all Americans.
In the US, women represent 51% of the population, but hold fewer than 20% of elected offices. It will take 100 years before women hold an equal number of positions as men. If we want women to have a voice in policy making and legislation, we must elect them into office at all levels of government. We have that opportunity here in TX-31.
Dylan Forbis for Texas House, District 29
My name is Dylan Forbis and I am running for Texas House Representative for District 29, which covers Pearland to just northeast of Angleton.
I am a progressive Texan running to unseat Ed Thompson in November 2018.
I’m not a politician. I’m a working man.
Growing up in the 90s in Houston’s most diverse district, Alief (now the International District), I learned that not only are there many biracial Texans like myself, but there were many other family structures. In 2010, I joined the plumbers union in Houston and continued for several years in skilled trades. Currently, I live in the Wagon Wheel, Pearland area with my partner while completing a program in network engineering and cyber security.
I am building my platform around repairing Texas and preparing for our future. By reaching out to groups run by public citizens who want to bring this state back to the people, I am embarking on a journey that will challenge us all to work together and shift this nation. When we all pitch in, we can have a Stronger Texas Together.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ForbisForTexas
Campaign site: http://www.strongertexastogether.com/
Laura Moser for United States Congress, Texas District 7
My name is Laura Moser and I am running for U.S. Congress for District 7.
I am a leader and organizer, which is how I’ll win against John Culberson.
Following the 2016 election, I founded Daily Action, a text-messaging service that allows people to engage directly in the political process. Daily Action has tapped into demand from 300,000 people to take direct political action daily all over the country. Daily Action has notched real victories, like pressuring the House GOP to walk back their plans to gut the Congressional Ethics Office. Daily Action members also placed a record number of calls to senators regarding Trump’s terrible choice for Secretary of Labor, who eventually withdrew his name from consideration. Daily Action callers have led the fight against the repeal of Obamacare: The service connected more than a quarter of a million calls to protect the Affordable Care Act.
Born and raised in the district, I have spent the last 15 years working as an editor, author, and national journalist with bylines in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Slate, Vogue, the Jewish Daily Forward, and many other publications. I am also the co-author of four young-adult novels and of many nonfiction books, several of them New York Times bestsellers. After eight years in Washington, I now live in West University Place with my husband, Arun. Arun and I have two young children, Leo and Claudia, and three rescue cats. I am proud to have over 4500 unique online donors fueling my grassroots campaign.
Justin Nelson for Texas Attorney General
My name is Justin Nelson and I am running for Texas Attorney General.
I am a native Texan, a graduate of Houston public schools, and a life-long Democrat. I am a former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, an adjunct professor at University of Texas Law School, a partner at Susman Godfrey L.L.P., and the founder of One Nation One Vote.
I spent four summers in Latin America with the non-profit Amigos de las Americas, where I worked on public health projects and building teacher housing.
I have never run for office before but I am running because now is not the time to sit on the sidelines. I am running because we can do better than our extreme and indicted Attorney General.
We need to stand up against fraud, corruption, and special interests and fight for all of the people of Texas.
I am running to restore justice for all Texans, regardless of race, nationality, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
I grew up believing that if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. I am pro-choice and believe that access to quality health care for everyone is vital.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NelsonforTexas
Campaign site: http://www.nelsonfortexas.com/
Kim Olson for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
My name is Kim Olson and I am running for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
Today, June 12, is Texas Women Veterans’ Day, I am putting my name on the line for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
As a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a farmer, pilot, and champion of education, my Community Supported Agriculture at the 4K River Ranch, in Mineral Wells, TX, is influencing the future of sustainable food production by providing naturally grown food, raising bees, and practicing Eco-Agriculture. I grow produce for Texas families, provide training on growing healthy food, and lecture on small scale farming.
I spent 25 years in uniform, initially as part of the first generation of female military pilots, eventually accumulating nearly 4,000 hours of flying time, then becoming one of the first women to command an operational flying squadron. I eventually rose to the rank of Colonel, served in the Pentagon, and deployed to combat zones, including Iraq.
After my retirement from the military in 2005, I entered the field of public education serving as Director of Human Resources for Dallas ISD. I was also elected to the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees, which was later recognized as the “Texas Outstanding Board of the Year.”
I am also the retired CEO/President of Grace After Fire, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to helping women veterans help themselves, reshaping how care is delivered to thousands of women veterans.
My service to the community was recognized in 2014, when I was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
Kendall Scudder for Texas Senate, District 2
My name is Kendall Scudder and I am running for Texas Senate for District 2 in Northeast Texas.
Growing up in Northeast Texas, my parents taught me values like hard work and service to others—their dedication to improving themselves and their community lit a fire inside me, pushing me to work hard every day to leave the world a little better than I found it.
Too many politicians have lost these values along the way—they’ve sold out to lobbyists and traded our peace of mind for their own self-interests.
Affordable housing is my profession and public policy is my passion.
Since I announced my candidacy in February, I’ve heard from enthusiastic voters, passionate about opportunity and quality public education. They’re angry that their senator has shoved their priorities aside for partisan politics and hot-button issues.
From Sulphur Springs to Mesquite, educators, farmers, and retail clerks tell me they don’t see much of their senator, unless it’s election time. They want to know why schools are underfunded and overcrowded, roads and bridges are crumbling, and their taxes keep increasing. As the state’s investment per student goes down, local property taxes go way up. Still, it’s not enough to fill the hole left from education cuts as the student population grows, along with inflation. Our economy and quality of life depend on our people.
I want to be your state senator to serve our community, not to drum up headlines and play political games. I want to listen to what’s most important to your family, and work hard every day to help find real solutions to real issues.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KendallScudder
Campaign site: http://scudderforsenate.com/