Mary Wilson for Congress

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Millennial Politics - Mary Wilson Fights for Truth in TX-21

The fact that politics has become infiltrated by a desire to shade, distort, or outright avoid the truth gave Mary reason to run for the House. After consulting with her family, friends, and congregation, Wilson decided to throw her hat in the ring. Her wife, an engineer, and her two children, a middle school science teacher and an immigration lawyer, often chime in with fundraising and campaigning ideas. She built her platform on a few central policies: empowering public schools and increasing access to education, reforming immigration to protect families and promote legal immigration, and lowering the maternal mortality rate. All of these policies are tied by a push to increase opportunities for youth.

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Matthew Krausse
Science Magazine - Scientists win and lose in Texas primary contests

The 58-year-old Wilson, making her first bid for office, was the unexpected winner of the Democratic primary in a district that stretches from Austin to San Antonio. Although Kopser, a 20-year Army veteran with an engineering degree, outspent her by a 20-to-1 margin, Wilson won 31% of the vote to Kopser’s 29% in a four-person field. Neither candidate achieved a majority, however, so they will face off in a 22 May runoff.

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Matthew Krausse
The Texas Observer - Meet Mary Street Wilson, Underdog of the 2018 Texas Primaries

Mary Wilson, a former math teacher running for Congressional District 21, raised a measly $40,000 over the last year. She had a handful of profiles in Science magazine, Dame and KUT. In comparison, Joseph Kopser raised about $770,000, received a slew of endorsements and a ton of press coverage. Derrick Crowe, a former Nancy Pelosi staffer, and Elliott McFadden, the former Travis County executive director also raised far more than Wilson and received endorsements from prominent groups.

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Matthew Krausse