Texas Democrats Endorse Local Candidates

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Austin, TX– Today, the Texas Democratic Party endorsed progressive candidates enrolled in our Project LIFT (Local Investment in the Future of Texas) program for the May 5th elections.

Project LIFT works with local party leaders and progressive partners to recruit, train, and support candidates – with a special focus on winning local, non-partisan races.

Meet the Texas Democratic Party’s Project LIFT endorsed candidates:

    • K.D. is a licensed professional engineer who currently works as a vice-president with a global engineering firm. He has over 20 years of experience managing heavy civil infrastructure projects. His knowledge and expertise make him an exceptional candidate for Frisco City Council, as the city’s explosive growth requires intelligent infrastructure management. He is an active Frisco community member, serving as a precinct chair and a member of the Frisco Board of Appeals. A lifelong Democrat, K.D. and his wife — a special education teacher — love Frisco and are proud to be raising their three children there.

    • Salman is a young, but experienced, progressive leader with a passion for connecting citizens with their local government. In addition to being a lawyer and having worked at one of the nation’s top law firms, he is a successful business owner. Salman has taken a leadership role in various community-focused organizations and currently serves on the Euless Parks and Leisure Services Board. Salman has lived on three different continents, he calls Euless his home, where he lives with his wife Nima, two children, and his parents.

    • Shannon is a long-time Mesquite resident with a first-hand understanding of the issues facing the community. She has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, holds a Master Telecommunicator License with the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement, as well as a TCOLE Instructors License. Shannon hopes to start making a difference by bringing a strong, progressive woman’s voice to the city council.

    • Dr. Dalia Kasseb, a resident of Pearland for 5 years, is ready to bring a new generation’s voice to City Hall to advocate for all of Pearland. Dalia and her husband first moved to Pearland to run her family’s pharmacy business. She will work to ensure that topics like local infrastructure, business development, and parks and recreations are a priority on Pearland City Council. In addition to running small businesses, Dalia is a member of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and enjoys giving back with the Kaseb Foundation, a project that raises funds to provide education, water, and homes to those in need in the U.S. and Africa.

    • Daniel will serve as the voice of the community and address matters head-on. He seeks to tackle issues of safety and transgender children’s rights within the Pearland ISD schools. He is currently the Chaplain for the Boys Scouts of America Cub Scouts 713 and has volunteered as a Mentor and Teacher for Texas Department of Corrections Justice for six years. He has demonstrated a passion for relief work, helping water-well purification efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Daniel is a parent of 4 children attending Pearland ISD schools.

    • Cindy believes local government should encourage citizen involvement and is committed to listening to the voices of all Hurst citizens. As a councilmember, her motto will be to “listen, learn, act, repeat.” She has a background in business and marketing and currently serves on the Neighborhood and Community Advisory Board in Hurst.

    • Al is an assistant principal at Bellaire High School in Houston ISD. He has been involved in education for over 25 years, through which he has worked to bring positive change in Pearland and Houston. Al will address student safety and outdated crisis-response systems and seeks to institute research-based safety measures to make our schools as safe as possible.

  • Ammar Qashshu, Sachse City Council

    • Having called Sachse home for 18 years, Ammar seeks economic growth, while maintaining the beloved small-town atmosphere. He will improve the lives of the residents by bringing a fresh face and new perspective to the city council. He will focus on keeping Sachse beautiful, safe, and healthy. Ammar has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, in addition to being a parent to three beautiful children with his wife.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Texans are ready for change and more enthusiastic about Democratic values than ever before. We are seeing Democrats voting in force for the March primary and we will see it continue into May.

“These local candidates are the future of our party. Together, we are proving that Texas Democrats aren’t just fighting in the Texas Capitol or Washington, D.C., we’re delivering solutions in for your neighborhood.”

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