Texas stands at a monumental moment in statewide political history. Beto has run an all-around impressive campaign that seems the Size of Everything – from its fundraising performance, to the success of its voter contact operation, to its budding romance with our nation, and most importantly – in the thousands of Texans magnetized to his events for the future of Texas.
As a reminder, we launched Poli Pix Co. to offer substantial media support to progressive movers and shakers across the Southwest, and have devoted significant attention toward documenting Beto’s meteoric rise this cycle. To celebrate our collective standing at the foot of history-in-the-making, we’re taking a look at our final chapter in Beto’s visual storyline to Election Day.
This photo essay begins on the sunset of September, when supporters descended onto Austin’s Auditorium Shores for ‘Turn Out For Texas’ – a historic Beto rally headlined by Texas musical artists Willie Nelson and his Family Band, Leon Bridges, Joe Ely, Tameca Jones, and Carrie Rodriguez. The following day reports on the attendees varied between 55,000 and 63,000 (campaign organizer estimates), making this rally the largest since a presidential campaign event for Barack Obama that drew 73,000 in 2008.
We hopped back on the trail as Beto pursued a tour of Texas colleges and universities just days ahead of Texas’ voter registration deadline. Defying conventional campaign logic, he engaged first-time voters in a manner that spoke to the issues that really matter to them – action on climate change, protecting women’s rights to their own body autonomy, ensuring equitable access to affordable healthcare, and standing up protections for LGBTQ communities everywhere. The newest leaders in Texas responded in-kind. As of the close of Early Voting in Texas last Friday, participation from registered voters aged 18-29 had blossomed by over 500% when compared to the Early Voting period of 2014’s midterm elections. Looking back on our event galleries from across the state, it’s easy to see this would come to pass.
Other events are sprinkled in, as well. Enjoy!
Continue reading “A Texas-Sized Moment Built On Beto O’Rourke’s Massive Rallies”
As part of our commitment to support strong women who can shake up the political landscape in the age of Trump, we’re highlighting content of two remarkable Democratic candidates running in Texas.
Pictured below from a 9/16 Erath County Candidate Forum held at the courthouse in Stephenville, TX are: retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Kim Olson, who is running for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture; and Julie Oliver, an Austin attorney running on a powerful personal story to serve the TX-25th Congressional District as its Representative.
Back in June, we first met Kim following a barnstorming speech at the Texas Democratic Party’s Convention in Fort Worth. She’s running against GOP incumbent Ag Commissioner Sid Miller – one of Texas’ most Trumpean elected officials and someone routinely pushing divisive narratives similar to the President’s. While Olson certainly faces an uphill battle Continue reading “Stephenville Forum Features Great Women Running To Change Texas Political Landscape”
Poli Pix Co. recently ran a contest on its social media channels (@PoliPixCo) to volunteer some event photography to a candidate or party office, continuing our project to enhance Democratic narratives around the Southwest.
Thanks to some tremendous volunteers and supporters, Julie Oliver received the most submissions! Oliver is a tremendous candidate with a compelling personal story and comes equipped with over 20 years of experience in healthcare finance and as an attorney. Poli Pix was thrilled to volunteer a little bit of our time at this event – Democracy After Dark at Austin’s Kerbey Lane Cafe – and at another a few days later.
Other candidates in attendance pictured are Democratic congressional candidate for TX-21 Joseph Kosper and candidate for Austin City Council, District 9, Danielle Skidmore.
Poli Pix joined women’s choice advocates in Austin as part of NARAL & Planned Parenthood’s 10 city-tour to focus attention on stopping the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
Among the participants were: Wendy Davis, former State Senator and Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate; Brittany Packnett, a firebrand civil rights activist; and Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and others.
Here are a few of shots from the event: