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We won’t let filing fees stand in the way of good candidates

We have a candidate problem here in Texas.

Not just a problem with the candidates who appear on the ballot — I’m looking at you, Ted Cruz — but also a problem with those who don’t: In 2022, more than half of Texas counties didn’t have any Democrats on the ballot for county-level office, and more than a third of State House and Senate seats went uncontested.

In the gray areas on this map, the ONLY Democrats on the ballot were for statewide office.

How can we hope to change things in Texas if the only candidates are Republicans?

I know what you’re thinking: Why are you talking about filing fees when we just had the 2023 election earlier this week?

The short answer is that filing fees for the 2024 primary elections are due now:

Today is the first day for candidates to file to appear on the primary ballot in the 2024 election. And the window is short: The deadline for candidates to file is just a month away — December 11 at 6 p.m. — and anyone who doesn’t file by that deadline won’t appear on the primary ballot, or on the November 2024 general election ballot.

The filing fee isn’t cheap either: $1,250 for State Senate, $750 for State House, and $300 for State Board of Education.

That’s where our Filing Fee Fund can make the difference: a qualified Democrat running for office, or an unopposed Republican win. But we need your help.

Together, we can give voters across Texas a real choice at the polls next year.


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