Joanna is a former foster child and a first generation college graduate. A proud public school parent and veteran educator, she is a community advocate who will fight for proper funding in Texas public schools. She knows first hand the challenges working families in Texas face including the need for access to affordable healthcare and prescription drug coverage. She is a former reporter and current journalism professor who sees opportunities for job growth in higher education and vocational and technical certificate programs. Joanna is a longstanding advocate for common sense gun reform and will fight for stronger environmental policies in Texas.
Joanna ran for this seat in 2018 and lost by 220 votes in a recount. She closed a 20 point gap and is ready to finish what she started and flip this seat. When she is elected in 2020, she will be the first Democrat in decades elected to this seat.