Klussmann in the Democratic primary for the 38th congressional district

Two years ago, Diana Martinez Alexander emerged leading the votes in a rowdy six-member Democratic primary for a seat on the Harris County Court of Commissioners. Now she’s asking party voters to entrust her with their hopes of landing a congressional seat, representing the new Texas district lawmakers created as a result of the 2020 census.

Alexander’s mastery of the issues facing the next Congress impressed us. So does her background as a teacher at HISD and fighting for causes close to the hearts of Democratic primary voters, like when she told us she would make suffrage a top priority. “We need to make progress in protecting our voting rights,” she said. “So that would be the number one priority, because we can’t have anything else if we don’t have the right to vote.”

But we think it’s another candidate — former Spring Branch ISD superintendent Duncan Klussmann — who will give Democrats the best chance of winning in the fall.

When Texas lawmakers drew the new 38th congressional district last year, they did so with the intention of giving the edge to a Republican candidate, and the GOP’s core field includes well-known and well-known candidates. financed. Democrats will need their strongest candidate to compete. Despite Alexander’s impressive showing in the primary on March 3, 2020, she lost the run-off to Michael Moore.

We think Democrats have the best chance in November with Klussmann, 58, on the ticket. His priorities are the kitchen table issues that all voters are concerned about. He would focus on moving the supply chain, ensuring the Houston area receives federal support for flood mitigation and tackling rising inflation. “Some of us who were around in the 1970s remember when, when my parents were paying 12%, 14% interest on their mortgages,” he told us. “So we know how it can impact people’s lives.”

Coupled with his experience as superintendent for 18 years, Klussmann’s priorities could help him build broad consensus, which is far too uncommon in Congress these days. But he knows that fighting for the home team is also important. He said he would work to expand Medicaid in Texas and push for universal pre-K.

The third candidate in the race believes even more strongly that partisan divides are too deep in America and Texas. Centrell Reed, 46, a New Orleans native and owner of a media services company, told us she hears from voters tired of partisan divisions. “Even these people on the Republican side, they say, ‘We want to vote for good leadership, not on party lines.’ They’re just sick of the rhetoric we’re dealing with, here in Texas and around the world, telling me they want, number one, someone who’s going to listen to them, not tell them what they need.

Even in this divisive age, we think she may be right about turned away voters. But in such a high-profile race, we believe a Democratic vote for Klussmann will go further, thanks in large part to his long service as head of a school district, a role in which he reminded us he often worked with elected administrators and other officials.

We recommend it in the March 1 primary over two impressive challengers.

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