Rowlett’s Rep. Rhetta Andrews Bowers and Farmers Branch’s Rep. Julie Johnson gear up for a high-stakes clash in the fiercely contested 2024 Congressional race.
“In politics, opportunities arise, and I am thrilled about the possibility of serving my constituents and gaining new ones,” expressed Bowers, acknowledging the early support she has received even before her official announcement, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Johnson, equally optimistic about replacing departing Congressman Colin Allred, stated, “Now that the regular legislative session has concluded in Austin, I am actively discussing the race with the community and anticipate making a formal announcement in the coming days.”
Bowers, representing House District 113 in northern and eastern Dallas County, plans to declare her candidacy in early June, leveraging her experience and ability to navigate challenging political climates. “I possess the necessary skills to work effectively across party lines and overcome obstacles,” she emphasized.
Johnson, representing House District 115 in northern and western Dallas County, assured that her campaign announcement would feature an extensive list of early supporters. “Texas Democrats need exceptional candidates on the ticket in 2024, and I am confident in my ability to reshape Washington and prioritize the needs of the people,” she asserted.
The forthcoming race for the open congressional seat in District 32 is expected to draw a competitive field of candidates, making it one of the most closely watched local contests in the 2024 election cycle. Trauma surgeon Brian Williams, who treated victims of the 2016 police ambush in Dallas, has already announced his campaign, garnering impressive fundraising support in the initial 24 hours.
The district’s diverse demographic composition, with a citizen voting age population that is 46% white, 23% Black, 22% Hispanic, and 6% Asian, emphasizes the need for the primary victor to build a broad coalition of supporters.
As the filing deadline for the primary approaches in December, the race for District 32 is anticipated to intensify, with various potential candidates considering their options. While Reps. Victoria Neave Criado and Ana-Maria Ramos have confirmed their disinterest in running for the seat, Dallas City Council member Adam Bazaldua and Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia remain potential contenders.
Previously a Republican stronghold, District 32 shifted in favor of Democrats when Colin Allred unseated GOP incumbent Pete Sessions in 2018. The district’s recent redrawing further solidified its Democratic leanings, ensuring a competitive environment for the 2024 race.
Despite speculation surrounding his potential candidacy, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has expressed his focus on serving as mayor and pursuing his vision for the city’s safety, economy, and overall development.
As the primary race unfolds and candidates vie for the nomination, District 32 promises to be a battleground where Democrats seek to secure their representative for the diverse and dynamic community they aim to serve.