Board of Directors

 

The members of the Board of Directors of Blue Horizon Texas are all former candidates who have run for federal, state, and local office across the state—from U.S. Congress and State Supreme Court to State Legislature, County Commissioner, and Justice of the Peace. Our Board members reflect the diverse communities and constituencies they sought to represent, and they remain active in serving their communities and growing the blue horizon in Texas. They understand the needs of candidates, and they know how to build coalitions within their communities.

Coda Rayo-Garza

Coda Rayo-Garza, MA

President

Coda is a former candidate for Texas State House in Bexar County. She currently works as Director of Racial Justice and Gender Equity for YWCA San Antonio and serves on several boards and commissions.

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Kathy Cheng

Kathy Cheng, JD

Secretary

Kathy was a 2018 and 2020 Democratic nominee for Texas Supreme Court. She's a legal practitioner from the Greater Houston area and is committed to assisting qualified, passionate rural county candidates.

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Spencer Bounds

Director

Spencer was a 2018 Democratic nominee for Texas State House in Midland. He's currently a student at Angelo State University and is former policy director for the Young Democrats of America Rural Caucus.

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Jennifer Cantu

Jennifer Cantú, MD

Director

Jennifer was a 2020 Democratic nominee for Fort Bend County Commissioner and 2018 nominee for Texas State House. She is a medical social worker, general family practitioner, and early childhood intervention therapist, active in several civic and political groups.

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Samantha Fields

Samantha Fields

Director

Samantha was a 2018 Democratic nominee for Texas State House in Lubbock. She currently serves as a Campaign Organizing Specialist for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

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FJ Jones

FJ Jones, MEd

Director

FJ was a 2020 Democratic nominee for Justice of the Peace in Brazoria County. She currently works as an Educational Diagnostician in Houston ISD and chairs the Brazoria County Chapter of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats.

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Audrey Spanko

Audrey Spanko, MS

Director

Audrey was a 2020 Democratic nominee for Texas State Senate in Northeast Texas (Tyler, Paris, Longview, Texarkana). She is a licensed social worker,  helping families seeking medical care and basic needs support.

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Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson, DMin

Director

Mary is a former Congressional candidate in Central Texas (Hill Country, Austin, San Antonio). She is a retired pastor, former math teacher, and current Director of the LGBTQI+ nonprofit, ChrysalisQ.org.

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Advisory Board

 

Our Advisory Board consists of a broad range of leaders in the Texas Democratic coalition. They have deep experience and knowledge of the existing Democratic Party and progressive infrastructure as elected officials and candidates, campaign staffers, grassroots organizers, and leaders of party organizations and allied groups. Representing the diversity of their communities, they help identify existing problems and gaps and propose potential solutions for candidates running in red and underinvested districts across the state.

Akilah Bacy

Akilah Bacy

2020 Democratic nominee for Texas House

Mina Davis

Mina Davis

2021 candidate for Hutto ISD School Board

Rural Caucus Chair, Texas Young Democrats

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis

Founder, Deeds Not Words

former Texas State Senator Democratic nominee for Texas Governor (2014) & U.S. Congress (2020)

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Madi Eden

Co-Founder, Register2Vote

2020 Democratic nominee for Texas House

former candidate for U.S. Congress

Lana Hansen

Lana Hansen

Executive Director, Texas Blue Action Democrats

Eric Holguin

Eric Holguin

2020 Democratic nominee for Texas House

former candidate for U.S. Congress

Hannah Horick

Hannah Horick

President, Texas Young Dems

Ector County Democratic Party Chair

Steven Kling

Steve Kling

2018 Democratic nominee for Texas State Senate

Jennifer Longoria

Jennifer Longoria

Director of Programs, Jolt

former Texas Deputy Director for Joe Biden

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Cari Marshall

Flip the Texas House

Board of Directors, Texas Democracy Foundation

Sherrie Matula

Sherrie Matula

Founder and President, Sisters United Alliance

Celina Montoya

Celina Montoya

2018 and 2020 Democratic nominee for Texas House

Lauren Pully

Lauren Pully

former Chief Technology Officer, Texas Democratic Party

Lisa Seger

Lisa Seger

2018 Democratic nominee for Texas House

goat farmer

Brittany Soto

Brittany Soto

President, Hill Country Blue Action Democrats

2021 candidate for Comal ISD School Board

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Caroline Spears

Executive Director, Climate Cabinet Action

Joyce Townsend

Joyce Townsend

demographer

National Research Director

Catherine Wicker

Catherine Wicker

community organizer, campaign staffer

former Texas College Dems

Philippa Wood

Philippa Wood

Executive & Training Director, Change the Game

former Training & Programming Director, Texas Democratic Party