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Council Member Greg Casar will run for District 35. (Greg Casar Campaign)

Austin City Council Member Greg Casar announced Thursday he is running for U.S. Congress after launching an exploratory committee for District 35 last month.

Currently holding the District 35 seat is Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who announced last month he is running for Texas' new District 37. District 35 mostly looks how it has the past 10 years—running from East Austin down I-35 through San Marcos, covering Lockhart and down to Northeast San Antonio—after Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed off on the new congressional map.

"I believe that working families from Bexar, to Hays, to Comal, to Travis County deserve a progressive leader, who will always fight and deliver for reproductive rights, good jobs, medicare for all and a better Texas. That's why I'm running for Congress," Casar said in his campaign launch video.

The 32-year-old Democrat will first need to win the Democratic primary in March 2022 to get closer to winning the seat. So far he is up against Austin community activist Claudia Zapata.

Casar has been the frontman for City Council and has championed progressive policy in his time. He's been a leader against immigrant families being separated, ending personal marijuana tickets and arrests, and doubling the minimum wage for city employees. He's also notably been part of cutting police funds to provide other resources to the community and advocating against a homeless camping ban. He won his third council term earlier this year by a landslide.

Before his campaign launch, his exploratory committee included a wide range of community members, and his campaign gained over 1,000 volunteers.

As his announcement his made, he has gained the support of former Texas Senator Wendy Davis, San Antonio City Council Members Jalen McKee-Rodriguez and Teri Castillo, San Marcos City Council Member Alyssa Garza, San Marcos ISD Trustee Juan Miguel Arredondo, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper Madison, Austin City Council Members Vanessa Fuentes, Ann Kitchen, and Paige Ellis, Travis County Attorney Delia Garza and Travis County District Attorney José Garza.

With his run, a special election will be held to fill his District 4 seat on council in 2022. Until then, Casar says he will continue to serve.


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