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The WiseUp TX Podcast Team (Punam Kaji, Azra Siddiqi, Zohaib Qadri, Sana Meghani, and Areeba Amer) discuss the upcoming 2020 election!  The team makes predictions on when we will have a clear outcome for the Presidential election in light of potential delays with mail in ballots.  The team predicts how close the Presidential race will be here in Texas, and talks about the interesting data thus far on voter turnout and engagement. WiseUp TX is...

Sri Preston Kulkarni is a South Asian candidate running for U.S. Congress in Texas’ 22nd Congressional district (Suburbs of Houston such as Sugarland, Pearland, Katy, and Clearlake).  If he wins he will be the first person of color to represent this majority minority district.  He ran in 2018 and started the grassroots effort to get the South Asian community involved in a political campaign.  In this interview, he talks in depth about creating a coalition...

MJ Hegar is running for the United States Senate as the Democratic candidate against longtime incumbent, John Cornyn.  She has served our country as a combat veteran, she has worked in the healthcare industry, and she is a working mom. She talks about how all these experiences led her to run for office and how she thinks he can make life better for Texans! You can learn more about her on her website. WiseUp TX is...

Judge Staci Williams is running for TX Supreme Court as a democratic candidate.  This is a statewide race that will be on every ballot this November. Judge Williams currently serves as Judge of the 101st District Court in Dallas County. Judge Williams talks about the important decisions the Texas Supreme Court has made lately, and how she could serve Texans on our highest court after her years of experience as a trial Judge and a...

Current Harris County Clerk, Chris Hollins, talks about safe and accessible voting this election seasons.  Harris County is the 3rd largest county in the nation, and in his role, Hollins manages the election and protects voting rights, a role he does not take lightly.  Listen to hear about unique things Harris County (Houston area) has done from increased polling locations,  infrastructure around mail-in ballots, language access technology, and social distancing!  Some of the initiatives are...

Travis Boldt is the Democratic candidate for Texas House of Representative for House District 29. He is challenging Republican incumbent Ed Thomson. House District 29 covers Pearland and suburbs southeast of Houston. A small business owner, husband to a public school educator, and father, Travis shares what inspired him to run for state house representative and the issues are front and center for his campaign. You can learn more about him on his website. WiseUp TX is a...

United States Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX 7) of Harris County won a historic election in 2018, as the first woman to win the district and the first Democrat to win the district since 1967.  She shares how through partnership great work can be accomplished in Congress.  She reminds our listeners that engaging our democracy can be rewarding and even fun.  Congresswoman Fletcher also talks about her work to honor Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a police...

Jeff Whitfield is running for Texas State Rep. as the democratic candidate for District 92.  This district is in the “Mid Cities” between Dallas and Fort Worth, including Hurst, Euless and Bedford.  He is a veteran and an attorney whose legal work has taken him around the globe, but he settled down with his family in the Mid Cities area where he grew up and now wants to serve this community by improving healthcare, education,...

Mike Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher running for Congress in Texas’ 10th Congressional District, which stretches from Houston to Austin.  Mike discusses why he is running again and how he plans to win this time, the importance of relational organizing, the issues his voters are talking about, and the importance of South Asian voters. Learn about him on his website. WiseUp TX is a non-partisan nonprofit and does not endorse...

In this interview, Representative Gary Gates (District 28) talks about how he won his special election runoff in January 2020, and his plans for the district as the Representative if he wins again this November.  Gates discusses the impacts of Covid-19 and why he thinks his business experience makes him suited to bring Texans out of it. To learn more about him, visit his website. WiseUp TX is a non-partisan nonprofit and does not support any...

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