A Texas native is running for the House of Representatives seat in District 25, with elections coming up in 2018.
Julie Oliver of Austin declared her intention to run last week.
“It’s time for us to get back to working on things that matter to real Texans, and make things right for our state and our country,” Oliver said in her press release.
Oliver describes herself as a “centrist Democrat.”
A mother of four, Oliver currently works as a finance executive for St. David’s HealthCare. One of her campaign goals is to work for health care coverage for everyone in Texas and across the country.
If elected, she would work to institute term limits, end partisan gerrymandering, and stop excessive bloat in the budget, she said.
In her spare time, Oliver volunteers with Meals on Wheels, attends Riverbend Church, and teaches yoga.
“I know most parents in our state and across the country would agree with me that our kids become our conscience,” Oliver said. “Our kids are going to ask us what we did when everything was on the line for this country. We’ve all got to step up.”
Other candidates already running for election in District 25 are Democrats Kathi Thomas of Dripping Springs, and Chetan Panda of Austin. Ben Garves from Bee Cave was also running as a Democrat, but has withdrawn from the race.
According to Colby Hale, Rep. Roger Williams' chief of staff, the Republican incumbent will be announcing his plan to run for re-election in the near future.
The primary election will take place March 6, 2018. The general election will be held Nov. 6, 2018.