Q&A: Learn more about the Democratic candidates for U.S. District 18 representative


Contested races for the March 6 primary election include the Democratic race for U.S. representative, District 18. Incumbent Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee faces challenger Richard Johnson.

Dr. Richard A. Johnson III

Top three priorities: education reform, job creation, criminal justice reform

Occupation: Education

Years lived in the district: 56


How does your experience qualify you to be a good representative for the district?

I have spent most of my life in service to my neighbor in the district. I am a graduate of Houston ISD, earned a bachelor’s degree in history and government, master’s degree in clinical psychology and a terminal doctorate degree in education administration, here in Texas universities. I have worked as the chief of staff for Houston City Council for six years and the chief of staff for the Texas House of Representatives District 139 during the 85th Legislative Session; during which we were able to pass 19 bills into law.

What bills would you plan to file or sponsor in the next legislative session?

The first bill will be the Education Reform Act. The second will be the Criminal Justice Reform Act. The third will be the American Job Creation Act.

As an elected official, what role would you play in flood mitigation efforts in District 150?

I will support the creation of a regional floodwater organization that would consist of representatives from area cities, counties and other government organizations. Such a body would could take a holistic approach to flooding—which is truly a regional problem—identify problems, find solutions and then present them with a unified voice from the Greater Houston Community.

Sheila Jackson Lee*


Top three priorities: Jackson Lee did not reply to requests for comment.

Occupation: Congresswoman


Jackson Lee did not respond to requests for comment.

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Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.
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