By: Rachel Thompson

Following U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee’s defeat in the Houston mayoral runoff, she promptly filed for reelection to the Texas 18th Congressional District seat. As the Houston Chronicle noted, Lee has “cruised” to victory virtually every time she has been up for re-election since 1994, however, that might change this time against Amanda Edwards who once interned for Jackson-Lee. According to Houston Public Media, black voters did not show the same support to the congresswoman in either round of the mayoral contest as they did for Sylvester Turner during his mayoral races. Whitmire also tied with JacksonLee among women, cutting into another one of her critical support groups. Census figures show Houston is becoming younger, with a median age of 35. Currently, 25% of the population is below the age of 18. Both Jackson-Lee and Edwards will have to connect with Gen Z, Gen X, and Millennials of all ethnicities if they plan to win the primary, as well as persuade them to vote.


With roughly 800,000 residents and only 258,000 registered voters in the 18th District, connecting with residents, and then turning potential supporters into actual voters will be the key. Jackson-Lee recently attended an outreach event co-sponsored by Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records in an attempt to connect with young voters, as well as to encourage them to go to the polls and vote.


The Texas 18th District has voted for a Democratic presidential candidate and House candidate since 1972. It voted for Biden in 2020, and similarly, in 2022, for its current House occupant Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. A 2021 Pew Research survey found that 52% of Gen Z adults, or those born after 1996, identify as independents while only 31% identify as Democrats. Reaching this target demographic may prove to be a challenge for Jackson-Lee when competing against Edwards, a younger native Houstonian with deep political and personal roots in the 18th District. Ads on television, radio, and in newspapers seemed to have made the difference for Whitmire.


He spent over $2,000,000. on advertisements while Jackson-Lee spent $60,000. According to the Federal Election Commission’s Campaign finance data, Edwards raised $1,033,802.07 and has $829,397.04 cash on hand, compared to Isaiah Martin’s $283,734.60 and Jackson-Lee’s $213,042.19 cash on hand. If the race to the Congressional seat patterns itself after the mayoral runoff, Edwards will be able to outspend her opponents on advertisements, thereby increasing her chances to further cut into Jackson-Lee’s base as well as reach younger independent voters.


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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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