Amanda Edwards Files Official Candidacy for Congressional District 18, Securing Over $1 Million in Funds, Key Endorsements, and Momentum

Lisa Valadez | 11/28/2023, 12:40 p.m.
Amanda Edwards officially enters the race for Congressional District 18 with over $1 million raised in four months, strong grassroots …
Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards, the frontrunner in Congressional District 18, officially submitted her candidacy at the Harris County Democratic Party headquarters today. With an impressive fundraising feat, amassing over $1 million in under four months, building grassroots support, and securing key endorsements, Edwards stands as the leading candidate in the race for the historic seat currently held by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. This seat has been previously held by the late Barbara Jordan and the late Mickey Leland.

Edwards has gained substantial momentum, receiving endorsements from notable organizations such as Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. Additionally, prominent individuals, including Commissioner Lesley Briones and former potential challenger Carroll Robinson, have endorsed her. These endorsements underscore widespread acknowledgment of Edwards' effective community service and her demonstrated ability to address both current and future challenges.

“As a former At-Large Houston City Council Member, Edwards has a track record of effective leadership to address Houston’s pressing issues,” Kathryn McNiel states. “Her commitment to servant leadership and finding practical solutions set her apart as a leader capable of tackling the challenges in a polarized Washington DC.”

"I am running for the U.S. Congress to ensure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to thrive," said Edwards. "Now is the time to realize the full potential of our community. The outpouring of support is a testament to the shared vision we have for a better future. I am excited to bring my experience, passion, and vision to this role in order to deliver the results the community deserves."

A native Houstonian, attorney, and former At-Large Houston City Council Member, Amanda Edwards is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD and Emory University in Atlanta. She holds a degree in political science, served as president of the college, and was inducted into the Emory University Hall of Fame. Edwards earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. As a lifelong member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes, Edwards has a deep connection to the 18th Congressional District, where she was born, raised, educated, and currently resides. For more information, please visit