Angelique Bartholomew gets key endorsement in District 27 primary
By Michael Sudhalter
District 27 State Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) may have most of the endorsements from local Democrats, but one of his primary challengers, fellow Missouri City resident Angelique Bartholomew, picked up a key endorsement ahead of the March 1 primary.
Annie’s List, a state-wide political organization committed to “electing Democratic women to office”, endorsed Bartholomew, citing her advocacy of Education and Health Care and her experience as a small business owner. Bartholomew currently serves as the Director of Compliance for a private medical firm.
The Annie’s List endorsement press release also mentions Reynolds’ legal woes. He was convicted on five counts of Barratry last November in Montgomery County, but he’s awaiting the outcome of an appeal.
Perhaps more important than the endorsement itself is the $15,000 that Annie’s List is donating to Bartholomew’s campaign to unseat the three-term incumbent. Former Fort Bend Democratic Party Chairman Steve Brown and political newcomer Chris Henderson are also in the District 27 primary.
“Angelique Bartholomew is an experienced education and healthcare advocate and businesswoman,” said Patsy Woods Martin, Executive Director of Annie’s List. “As the mother of five, she has a valuable and unique perspective on the importance of economic opportunity, access to healthcare and challenges working families face.
The hard-working families of this district deserve more than a reliable vote, they deserve an advocate who is able to fully focus on the needs of the district and people across the state. She’s incredibly qualified and the best candidate to serve HD-27.”
Woods Martin said she believes that Texas needs more diversity in the legislature. She said that women comprise 49 percent of the state’s population, but only 19 percent of the legislature.
Bartholomew is the only female candidate in the District 27 Primary, but another female candidate, fellow Missouri City resident Mary Walker, is competing with Ken Bryant in the District 27 Republican Primary.
District 27, which includes Missouri City, Stafford, Arcola and parts of Pearland and Houston, has always been represented by a Democrat.