Nicole Collier and Albert McDaniel have different visions for Texas House District 95.
Collier, the current Democratic state representative for the district, said she wants to be a progressive leader and help the district and its residents move forward.
“I firmly believe that I am the best and only choice for state representative for District 95 because I am not only deeply invested in the community, but I know how to best address the needs of its members from a very grounded and realistic perspective,” the 42-year-old Fort Worth attorney said.
McDaniel, a Republican, says his opponent is wrong for the district.
“The choice is so abundantly clear that my opponent should withdraw from the race,” said the 60-year-old Fort Worth professional engineer. “She has accomplished nothing that benefits the residents of HD-95, but she is young enough to come back later and reign on high once again, once I straighten things out..”
The two face off Nov. 4 to determine who will represent the district that includes some of Fort Worth’s neediest neighborhoods, along with downtown and Forest Hill, Everman and Edgecliff Village.
At stake is a two-year term that pays $7,200 a year. Early voting runs through Halloween.
Collier was first elected in 2012 to replace Marc Veasey, who left the Texas House to run successfully for the U.S. House of Representatives.
She said if re-elected, her top priorities include working with officials on economic development, homeless initiatives, public health initiatives and community resources.
“I aim to ensure care for our valued veterans and make vast improvements to our public education system by addressing its inequitable funding,” she said.
At the same time, main issues for this race include the state’s budget, public and higher education, water resources, transportation and public health and safety, she said.
“Most importantly, I am dedicated to ensuring District 95 has a progressive leader who has walked in their shoes and is not afraid to speak out as their best advocate,” she said.
Collier raised more than $11,500 between July 1 and Sept. 25 and had more than $8,000 on hand, according to the most recent reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.
McDaniel, who grew up in southeast Fort Worth, agrees the district needs help.
“Portions of Texas House District 95 have been allowed to decline while downtown and other parts of Tarrant County thrive,” he said. “Under Democratic ‘leadership,’ southeast Fort Worth has high unemployment, rampant crime, underperforming schools and neighborhoods quickly becoming slums.
“Residents of southeast Fort Worth deserve better.”
He said the district needs more jobs, new jobs that “pay living wages.” And the district needs more options for education.
“Sadly, the main issue will be that I am [a] white Republican and my opponent is not,” McDaniel said. “It ought to be that the incumbent has done nothing that helped House District 95 during her years in office.
“I wish she was doing a good job,” he said. “If that were the case, I would not have filed” as a candidate.
McDaniel raised more than $4,000 between July 1 and Sept. 25 and had more than $3,000 on hand, according to the most recent reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.