In a crowded race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, state Rep. Kevin Roberts is hoping a growing list of endorsements will give him an edge.
As he knocks on doors, Roberts is giving potential voters a handout that includes a glowing endorsement from Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
“He is thoughtful and makes decisions based on facts,” Emmett says in his endorsement. “I look forward to Kevin being in Congress to help us with flood control projects that are so desperately needed.”
Roberts is also touting endorsements from Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle and Harris County Constable Mark Herman.
Endorsements can have limited impact in some more high profile races. But in a contest like the 2nd Congressional District in which nine Republicans with relatively low name-ID are battling it out, an endorsement can make all the difference said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University.
Roberts said he’s proud of the endorsements.
“They are endorsing me because we’ve worked together,” Roberts said in an interview.
He added that his endorsers have seen him get things done, which is a key part of his campaign pitch to voters. With eight opponents who have never held office, Roberts said he’s offering voters someone who already had experience in government.
“We can’t afford to send someone to Congress who needs to spend a year learning how to do the job,” Roberts said.
Besides Roberts, the candidates running for the 2nd Congressional District are longtime Republicans activist and donor Kathaleen Wall, businessman Rick Walker, former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw, hospital CEO David Balat, heart surgeon Jon Spiers, attorney Jonny Havens, businessman Justin Lurie and attorney Malcolm Whittaker.
The candidates are looking to replace Poe, who announced in 2017 he will not seek re-election. The 2nd Congressional District stretches from parts of west Houston and wraps around the northern sections of Harris County to include Humble and Atascocita .
In November, the winner of the March 6 GOP primary will face one of five Democrats who are battling in the Democratic primary on the same day. The Democrats are Ali A. Khorasani, H. P. Parvizian, J. Darnell Jones, Silky Malik, and Todd Litton.