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Editorial: We recommend Shawn Thierry in Texas House District 146

Two years ago, we recommended voters give state Rep. Shawn Thierry a second term representing House District 146 based on a strong freshman performance. They did so, overwhelmingly, and she delivered.

This year, having won her Democratic primary with 67 percent of the vote and again with no Republican opponent in the race, it’s an easy call to recommend voters retain her for a third term.

Thierry, 51, has been an engaged and effective voice for her constituents, roughly three-fourths of whom are Black or Hispanic.

A good example came in April, when she became alarmed at the way Black Texans and other people of color were dying at rates hugely disproportionate to their population numbers. She announced in a press conference she was writing a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott urging him to appoint a task force charged with explaining the disparate impacts of the deadly virus. By the time she sent the letter, 49 lawmakers had signed on.

A lawyer for more than 20 years before winning her first term in 2016, Thierry also was the primary author of HB 1771 during the last session, which would have prohibited the prosecution of minors for the crime of prostitution, treating them as the victims they are rather than suspected criminals. The bill passed both chambers only to be vetoed by Abbott. It was good legislation and we commend Thierry for the bill and for the leadership she showed in shepherding it through both Republican-controlled chambers.

No lawmaker should be handed another term in the Legislature unopposed, and for that reason we lament that the Republicans fielded no candidate in this race. We’re grateful that Libertarian J. J. Campbell is on the ballot. We strongly recommended voters, however, choose Thierry for another term.

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