Round Rock nonprofit executive and author M.J. Hegar, the 2018 Democratic nominee for CD31, announced she would challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R). In a video announcement titled “(Re)Introduction” that heavily draws on her viral “Doors” video, a motorcycle-riding Hegar told the story of “something special happening in Texas” and attacked Cornyn for “shrinking out of the way” instead of leading. Hegar raised nearly $5M for her race against U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock), which she lost, 51%-48%.

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) welcomed Hegar to the primary race. “Texans should be proud that M.J. is running in 2020,” Castro’s campaign said. “The era of uncontested primaries in Texas is over. Every candidate in this race has announced on their own timeline and is making their own case to the voters.” Castro has not yet announced his 2020 plans.

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