Congresswoman Jackson-Lee Faces 2 Primary Opponents
January 4, 2010


    Supporters of  U.S. Representative  Sheila Jackson-Lee are downplaying reports that the embattled congresswoman is in deep political trouble after two challengers  filed  to run against her in the March democratic party primary.     

Only hours after he was sworn-in for another term on Houston city council,  district B Council member Jarvis Johnson announced that he is a candidate for the 18th Congressional district.   

  On Tuesday, January 5, Council member Johnson,  plans to hold a media briefing in front of the Mickey Leland Federal Building, where Congresswoman Lee’s office is located, to outline his reasons for challenging the eight term congresswoman.   “America is a great democracy and the people are given the opportunity to choose their leadership. Leadership should be chosen by their examples of delivering meaningful services to their communities,” said Johnson in a news release sent to 2 on the Beat.   “Over the course of the next two months, I look forward to having a spirited debate on who can best represent the people of the Eighteenth Congressional District.  We’re going to have a frank discussion on who’s capable of bringing and creating good paying jobs for the people of the district.   Who can spark genuine economic development, and who can provide leadership to marshal resources to help eliminate the dropout rate,” added Johnson.  ####   

 Johnson is not the only democrat with his eyes on the 18th congressional district seat.  Houston attorney Sean Roberts has also filed to run in the primary against Jackson-Lee.   

(news release)  

ATTORNEY SEAN ROBERTS MAKES OFFICIAL BID FOR 2010 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HOUSTON, Texas    “I have spent considerable time talking to the people who live and own businesses in this district and I decided to run because people want a representative in Congress who will focus on the needs of the district and deliver results,” said Roberts.  The 18th District is represented by Sheila Jackson-Lee, a democrat serving her seventh term and seeking re-election. Once a predominantly Black district, CD 18 is now 37% White and 40% Black, of which 36% describe themselves as being Hispanic or Latino.  “The unprecedented challenges we face present unprecedented opportunities for districts like the 18th Congressional District. These new opportunities can be realized with a representative who has the right set of skills, broad vision and a level-headed temperament so that all the neighborhoods in this diverse district can grow economically and thrive.”  Roberts, 38, began his career at Vinson & Elkins, one of the leading energy law firms in the world. He now runs a successful law firm specializing in domestic and international business litigation. “In Congress, I will focus on issues related to job creation, the economy, affordable education, and healthcare that works,” added Roberts.