Texas Democrats have received a lot of attention this week (and rightfully so) for their recruitment efforts. Democrats are running in every US House district in the state for the first time in 25 years, and the party is contesting 89% of state House seats and 88% of state Senate seats.
In House District 66, this means that incumbent Republican Matt Shaheen will face opposition for the second cycle in a row for a seat that had been unchallenged in three previous election cycles. His Democratic opponent this year, Sharon Hirsch, is our latest endorsement.
Ms. Hirsch has lived in Plano for more than two decades, and has put together an exemplary career in public education. She spent 12 years at the Plano ISD elementary, middle, and high school, twice being nominated for the Superintendent's Service Award. She served on both the School Based Improvement Committee as well as the School Health Advisory Committee and, along with her husband, established a scholarship.
While this is her first run for public office, Hirsch was a founding member of Women Organizing Women, and was a committeewoman to the State Democratic Executive Committee in 2016. Keeping true to her background and her passion, she has built her campaign around children's and family issues.
Rep. Shaheen, meanwhile, has drawn our attention by having one of the worst records on gun legislation not only in Texas, but among all the legislators we have scored. He was a consistent vote for weakening gun laws, and authored HB 782, which eliminated the minimum caliber requirement for demonstrating handgun proficiency. He also sponsored legislation that would undermine local control of gun regulations.
While firearm regulation is not one of Hirsch's issues she touches on in her campaign material, this is another situation where we are confident a change in party will greatly improve the district's voting record when it comes to the bills that we track here. We urge Texas Democrats, especially those for whom gun regulation is important, to support Hirsch's candidacy, and we will be keeping an eye on the race.
Her website can be found HERE.