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CWA Member Wins Texas Runoff

Last week, Lauren Ashley Simmons wrapped up a successful primary campaign against incumbent Shawn Thierry (D) to become the Democratic candidate for Representative of Texas District 146. She currently serves as the Texas Organizing Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Staff Steward for CWA Local 1180.

Simmons has been speaking truth to power for years and is a staunch advocate for public education and LGBTQ+ rights. She rose to prominence when a video of her speaking at a local school board hearing went viral. The 2023 video now has over 8.7 million views.

According to CWA District 6 Campaign Lead Kristie Veit, the Simmons campaign was one of the best she’d seen run. “If we called, they answered,” said Veit. “Our [CWA] communication with them was an absolute priority for her campaign.”

Congratulations to Lauren Ashley Simmons, who stated on her campaign website, “One of my heroes is the late, great Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. She famously said, ‘If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.’”

Lauren Ashley Simmons Wins Texas Primary Runoff 
Members of TSEU-CWA Local 6186 joined fellow activists with the Gulf Coast Labor Federation and Equality Texas to knock doors with candidate Lauren Ashley Simmons (pictured left of center in the white hat).


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