- 1 Victory 2018
- 2 Background
- 3 Campaign Manager
- 4 Collective PAC
- 5 TOP endorsement
- 6 Joaquin Castro endorsement
- 7 PowerPAC+ Top 10 Priority Districts to take back House in 2018
- 8 Kamala Harris endorsement
- 9 Council for a Livable World
- 10 Jolt support
- 11 TARA support
- 12 DSA lobbying
- 13 Colli connection
- 14 21st Century Democrats
- 15 Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements
- 16 Colin Allred for Congress Campaign Advisory Board
- 17 References
Colin Allred is hoping to take out Republican Rep. Pete Sessions by campaigning on "Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and automatic voter registration" in Texas' 32nd District.He is a civil rights attorney and former Tennessee Titans linebacker.
As a civil rights attorney, Allred has spent much of his career outside the NFL defending against attacks on voting rights at the local and national level.
- I’m the most progressive candidate, but we also have the most grassroots-driven campaign. We have hundreds of volunteers and we’ve knocked on 13,000 doors, which is a lot for a congressional primary this far out in Texas. And that’s how I think we have to beat Pete Sessions. I don’t think you’re going to beat long-term incumbent Republicans across the country by running generic Democrats on generic Democratic platforms. We have to have candidates who have a story to tell and who can appeal to voters who don’t always come out to vote.
- Our future as a party is in the South and the Southwest: states like Texas, Georgia and Alabama. Those are the states that are going to flip, because they’re so diverse. Those are the states we should be investing in.
Colin Allred, former Tennessee Titans linebacker, defeated 11-term Republican incumbent Pete Sessions in the 32nd Texas congressional district. Allred won more than 52 percent of the vote. After four seasons with the Titans, Allred worked as an attorney in the Obama administration and was endorsed by the former president.
“We’re in this together… We’re all Americans, we’re all Texans. And starting tonight, we’re going to start acting like it,” Allred said during his victory speech in Dallas.
Born and raised in North Dallas by a single mom who taught in Texas public schools for nearly 30 years, Allred was an All-Star athlete at Hillcrest High School before earning a full-ride football scholarship to Baylor University. Diploma in hand and prepared to attend law school after college, he deferred his acceptance to the University of California Berkeley School of Law when he signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. Colin played the better part of five seasons in the NFL before sustaining a career-ending neck injury that opened the door for him to fulfill his dream of studying law and applying his legal training to help others.
As Special Assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel, Allred helped then-Secretary Julian Castro ensure that the most vulnerable Americans can live in dignity. Among his projects at HUD, Colin worked with Congress and the Office of the Inspector General to ensure that public funds were spent wisely without sacrificing services and to ensure that the Department complied with all applicable ethics laws and regulations. Here in Texas, he put his legal skills to work as the Dallas-Fort Worth Director of the first-ever statewide coordinated voter protection program led by Battleground Texas during the 2014 gubernatorial election.
As an attorney for the prestigious Perkins Coie law firm, Allred was a voting rights litigator and counsel to a range of clients including national and state political candidates and advocacy organizations. Colin’s experience also includes positions in both the Obama White House and the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Joaquin Castro endorsement
PowerPAC+ Top 10 Priority Districts to take back House in 2018
- Here are my recommendations for the top ten congressional district races to support to take back the House in 2018. To learn more about how I came up with this list, read my full explanation in my September 2018 column in The Nation magazine.
- CA-39 Gil Cisneros - OC Civic Engagement Table Action Fund
- CA-50 Ammar Campa-Najjar - Alliance San Diego Mobilization Fund
- GA-06 Lucy McBath - New Georgia Project
- GA-07 Carolyn Bourdeaux - New Georgia Project
- NM-02 Xochitl Torres Small - Organizers in the Land of Enchantment
- TX-07 Lizzie Pannill Fletcher - Texas Organizing Project
- TX-23 Gina Ortiz Jones - Texas Organizing Project
- TX-32 Colin Allred - Texas Organizing Project
- VA-02 Elaine Luria - New Virginia Majority
- VA-07 Abigail Spanberger - New Virginia Majority
- If you would prefer to donate to one source, the PAC that I have created, PowerPAC+, will be distributing resources between all of these organizations.
Kamala Harris endorsement
Colin Allred was endorsed by Kamala Harris in 2018.
Council for a Livable WorldIn 2018 Colin Allred was endorsed by Council for a Livable World.
The Council for a Livable World endorsed Colin Allred in his 2020 House race.
- Colin Allred is a former civil rights attorney and professional football player. Previously, he served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- The Council endorsed him in his first successful race in 2018 when he ousted a Republican incumbent. His district includes a suburban area of northeastern Dallas County, the kind of area where Democrats made significant gains in 2018.
- He currently serves on the House Foreign Affairs, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Veterans’ Affairs committees. There he has been a strong supporter of nuclear arms control and opposes building new, unnecessary and dangerous nuclear weapons.
Jolt Texas November 6, 2018 ·
Congratulations to our endorsed candidate Colin Allred on his win tonight! #JoltTheVote #Texas
Texas Alliance for Retired Americans May 23 2018:
TARA Field Organizer Judy Bryant congratulated AFL-CIO endorsed candidate Colin Allred on winning the CD 32 Democratic nomination to oppose Cong. Pete Sessions. TARA members worked in the labor campaign of block walks and phone banks.
Democratic Socialists of America - North Texas January 26 2019·
Earlier today our Healthcare working group and others met with Rep. Colin Allred to talk about #medicare4all.
"We appreciate Rep. Colin Allred (D-32) meeting with local supporters of Medicare For All this morning at his office in Richardson, TX. Our coalition, including labor organizations, immigrants rights groups, and the Democratic Socialists of America, delivered a letter urging co-sponsorship and support of the Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act.
21st Century Democrats
Colin Allred was endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in 2020.
Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements
Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements included Colin Allred.
Colin Allred for Congress Campaign Advisory Board
The Colin Allred for Congress Advisory Board is comprised of leaders from across the business, political, and non-profit sectors who will offer their expertise and strategic guidance to the campaign.
- Naomi Aberly, Chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation Board of Directors
- Tre’ Black, President of TreCo Investments Ltd.
- Inette Brown received BA and JD degrees from the University of Texas and practiced corporate law in Houston and Los Angeles.
- Becky Bruder, Community Board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
- Sec. Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Jill Cochran is a self-confessed political junkie whose main purpose in life, since that fateful day in November 2016, is to turn Texas back to Blue!
- Hon. Wendy Davis, former Gubernatorial Candidate and State Senator
- Tim Doke, Senior Communications Consultant
- Abby Evans, Independent Marketing and Strategy Consultant
- Isaac Faz, Vice President of Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
- David Gail, Attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
- Jennifer Guyot-Wallace, President of JGW Labor Relations
- Tracey Guyot-Wallace, partner at Jackson Walker, LLP
- Mita Havlick, public education advocate
- Trey Hoobler CEO, Hunger Busters
- Eric D. Johnson is a long-time educator in Dallas Independent School District.
- Sameena Karmally, founder of DFW Muslim Bar Association
- Elizabeth Kooy, Social Worker
- Harry Lake serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Koa Partners (Koa)
- Lisa Lake is the Director of her company’s philanthropic branch, Koa Canopy
- Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Principal at Proximity to Power
- Susan Matusewicz, Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty
- Sydney McQuoid, Founder and President at McQuoid Coaching
- Tricia Miller
- Dan Mulhern, Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley
- Andrew Payne, Founding Partner of PayneMitchell Law Group
- Mandy Price, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg
- Tex Quesada, former President of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
- Selwyn Rayzor, President of the Rayzor Company
- Julie Ross, Healthcare and Disability Rights Activist
- Steve Rudner, Chair of Equality Texas
- Trillion Small, Trauma Expert and Author
- Dan Syed, Attorney at Jones Day
- Linda Turley, lawyer
- Hon. Allen Vaught, former Texas State Representative
- Kwame Watkins CFM, LEED AP, NPDP, President of Jengo Consulting LLC