BRAZOS CO, TX — The 2020 general election in Texas has the potential to be one of the most diverse elections, with more minority candidates on local ballots throughout the state than in previous elections.
“I never remember growing up hearing about so many minorities running for local office,” said Brazos County resident Tre Watson.
Texas has nearly 150 candidates who are women running for state office, which has caught some voters by surprise.
“I did not know that, that’s crazy. I think that’s so cool to be honest. It’s like as time goes on, seeing more women in power has been really, really cool,” said Brazos County resident Madison Reeder.
Voters are happy to see more minority candidates throughout the state for both parties.
“I feel like having Black Republicans, Black Democrats, Hispanic Republicans, Hispanic Democrats makes both sides more knowledgeable in situations. So, I feel like it's a plus at the end of the day,” said Watson.
“I think it’s really nice to see people of different colors and genders be up higher in power because, again, it just shows that anyone is able to do it and their opinions matter,” said Reeder.
As Texas continues to move forward as one of the most diverse states in the country, voters believe the state is ready to also become more diverse politically.
“I think Texas has been ready to be diverse politically. It’s been diverse politically. If you go back throughout history, there have been Black lawmakers, Black councilmen in cities and Black powerful counties in Texas,” said Watson.
Locally, Brazos County has a handful of minorities running for local office.
There a number of key races here in Texas that will be paid close attention to, but the big ticket item is the presidential race between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.