This week Jennie Lou Leeder, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, TX-11, received the enthusiastic endorsement of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats. The Coalition, which was formed in 1979 at the home of Mrs. Sallye Moore in Grand Prairie, TX, develops grassroots leadership within the Texas African American community, facilitates African American participation in the Democratic Party, and perpetuates the ideals of the Democratic Party. Mr. Gene Collins, Chair of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, has said that Ms. Leeder’s “dedication to public education, Democratic principles, and grassroots empowerment” make her the right choice for U.S. Congress in Texas’s 11th Congressional District.
Jennie Lou Leeder is running against incumbent Rep. Mike Conaway (R) of Midland. Jennie Lou Leeder is a seventh generation Texan, and educator, and a former Llano County Democratic Party Chair. Ms. Leeder comes from Llano, TX, where her family members have been educators and farmers for generations.
During her tenure as Llano County Democratic Chair, Jennie Lou was a member of the Texas County Chairs Association and was on the Executive Board. In 2014 she was elected Senate District 24 Committeewoman where she served one term and also sat on the Rural Subcommittee, Urban County Subcommittee, and Legislative Committees. She was a national delegate to the DNC in 2008 and 2016.
Jennie Lou Leeder supports universal healthcare, believes increasing federal funding for public education would decrease inequities in rural/urban/suburban schools and reduce the burden on local taxpayers, and supports investment in deteriorating public school buildings as part of infrastructure spending. Ms. Leeder is also calling for debt-free post-secondary education through public vocational schools, community colleges, and universities.
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