Greg Casar, an Austin city councilman since 2015, has decided to leave his post and run for higher office. But he’s not going far, choosing to run in the 35th Congressional District in Austin.Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35), the district’s current incumbent, has decided to run for re-election in the newly drawn 37th Congressional District, also located in Austin.
“I believe that working families from Bexar, to Hays, to Comal, to Travis County deserve a progressive leader who will always fight and deliver for reproductive rights, good jobs, Medicare for All, and a better Texas,” Casar said in an announcement video.
“That’s why I’m running for Congress because this is our fight — our future.”
Casar, from Houston and the son of wealthy Mexican immigrants, made his bones in Austin politics with the Workers Defense Project — a “worker center” activist group that acts effectively as a union for contract workers who are often illegal immigrants.