Political Newcomer To Challenge Senator Cornyn In 2020

Barbara Schwarz
July 18, 2019 - 2:23 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - First term Houston city councilwoman Amanda Edwards has declared her candidacy against three term US Senator, Republican John Cornyn.  

She describes herself as a nominee who can persuade voters to vote Democratic but also "galvanize our base." 

MJ Hegar, who narrowly lost to Central Texas Congressman John Carter was the first to announce a run. Chris Bell, a former one term Houston congressman and 2006 gubernatorial nominee is also in the race.  

SMU political scientist Cal Jillson doubts any of these candidates stand a chance against Cornyn. He says the Democrats best bet would be to run either presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke or Julian Castro, neither of whom are polling well.  "But once you've caught the presidential bug, it's hard to give that up and come back to a state race."

In a statement, Cornyn's campaign said "Councilwoman Edwards is a true progressive with a record that would make Elizabeth Warren jealous,"  "We look forward to seeing which two liberals make the inevitable runoff."

State Senator Royce West of Dallas is said to be considering a run as well.