A Message from Claire
November 9, 2018
Y'all, I just need to say thank you so much. Running this campaign was the greatest privilege of my life.
When I started this journey 11 months ago, I had three main goals—make sure voters in the district had a choice when they went to vote, talk about issues that wouldn’t get talked about otherwise, and help build a foundation for the candidate to run in this district... and maybe help some up ballot candidates over the top. You’ve helped me achieve them all—and so much more. Please remember what we did do and how important that has been—and will be—for our community:
- We’ve spoken up for refugee families torn apart by a cruel federal policy and helped our local community identify ways to help and how to explain what was happening to their own children
- We’ve educated residents of our district on why their property taxes are rising while our public schools struggle for funding—and we won’t let our state government rest until they fix it
- We’ve stood up for common sense gun reform to end the epidemic of gun violence, for affordable health care for all and to reverse growing maternal and infant mortality, and for investments in our children, our teachers, and the strength of our future economy
- And we not only gave voters a choice at the ballot box for this race, but we also let Democratic voters know that they’re not alone. They’re part of a strong and growing segment of voters in our district who are tired of the Republican stranglehold on our politics and the regressive policies they pursue.
Although we didn't prevail Tuesday night, we garnered 35,577 votes and 38% of the vote. This is nearly double the vote total and vote share the last Democrat to run received in this district. We have so much to be proud of and excited about. Just like Texas as a whole, District 122 is changing. And let's look at and celebrate just some of the highlights of what we achieved in Texas:
- We flipped at least 12 State House seats across the state and are sending several amazing women to represent us
- We flipped two State Senate seats
- We flipped at least two Congressional seats and one is too close to call
- We elected not just one, but two Latinas to Congress for the first time in our state's history
- We swept all countywide races in Bexar County in which we had a candidate
- We came up short statewide, but we were within single digits in FOUR races, and Beto was less than 3 points from a win. THREE POINTS IN TEXAS!!
Texas is now a battleground state. Get some rest and then let's get back at it. I’m not sure exactly what’s next for me, but what I do know is that I can never return to not having done this thing and there’s so much important work still to do. So I can assure you I’m not done, you’re not done, and we’re not done. We will continue to build the case for compassion and pragmatism, over exclusion and division, for generosity and doing what’s right, over pettiness and a politics of fear. We will continue to stand up and speak up for those whose voices cannot be heard. We will continue our fight to protect the civil liberties and human rights of all people and to nurture and defend our democratic institutions, starting at the most local level. We look to our municipal elections coming up in just 6 months, and we look to 2020. Be proud of all the work you’ve done. I am.
Former Democratic Candidate for State Representative 122
Claire is a mom, an educator, and a passionate advocate for women and children’s health. Born in Houston and raised in Fort Worth, Claire has been happy to call San Antonio home for the past four years. She lives on the north side of San Antonio with her husband of seven years, Rich, their two young daughters, and their family pet - one aging, retired greyhound.
Claire has worked as a consultant for adult education programs for nearly 15 years, designing and developing curricula in higher education and professional settings and specializing in the design of technology-enabled learning solutions. Supporting clients, including Georgetown University and various government agencies, she has worked with a wide range of content areas, primarily in the areas of health care, online security, privacy, and national security. Most recently, Claire helped design, develop, and support delivery of Georgetown’s new executive-level, online Master’s in Health Systems Administration. Claire is proud to work for an organization committed to and founded with the mission of serving Veterans and improving Veteran access to health care.
Claire is also trained and accredited as a volunteer Breastfeeding Counselor and she leads a breastfeeding support group to help San Antonio-area families achieve their breastfeeding goals. Her other volunteer positions include serving on the ESI Builds, while employed at ESI International, focused on supporting Habitat for Humanity, as well as volunteering with PAL (Parent Assisted Learning) committee events at the Jewish Community Center.
Claire received her MEd in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a BA in Latin American Studies from The George Washington University.