The Houston Chronicle declared that my political and energy experience is “tailor-made to represent the district.” (Feb. 26, 2014)

28 years ago I worked on Capitol Hill when Jim Wright was the Speaker and Democrats and Republicans worked together – not always agreeing – but working together to pass legislation and move our Nation forward. Today, after 220 years, that Congress is gone. Today, Congress is stuck in gridlock due to ideological Tea Party members like John Culberson. If you want to get Congress working again, then elect me to represent the 7th District of Texas.

“Houston Can Do Better” with a congressman who will put Houstonians before party politics.


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  • His experience as a congressional press secretary provides important background on navigating Congress. In fact, it is that experience that drove Cargas to run, hoping to provide a voice of common-sense collegiality to a system now seemingly dominated by tea party extremism. (July 19, 2012)

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  • Unlike Culberson, he’ll be a constructive force in Congress, which would be a welcome change. (Oct. 16, 2014)

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  • Experience tailor-made to represent the district.  (Feb. 25, 2014)

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  • Go for the candidate who talks about Houston issues and not just in cable news quotes. That candidate is James Cargas. (Feb. 25, 2014)

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  • Throughout this election cycle, Culberson has faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike for being more of a busybody who panders to the tea party than a true representative. (Oct. 19, 2016)

  • In the 7th district … it’s time for a change. We endorse Democratic challenger James Cargas.  (Oct. 16, 2014)

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We'll be more aggressive in 2017 with contact & framing info for Hou area pol orgs & activists to share. @harrisdemocrats & @FtBendDems

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Between 2014 total vote and 2016 Early vote, @Cargas7 has gained 10% vs. @johnculberson to a close race at 55% - 45% with Culberson in lead

  • “Very early on, way before he came to Washington, I worked with James and his family in my district in Michigan as a liaison to the Greek community,His family was very well respected. James was a thoughtful, persistent, fine young man, including the time he was part of my communications group. If elected, I believe he will do a fine job for his constituents.”

    - Former Congressman David Bonior (D-MI)
  • “He is the candidate who can win in November against the Republicans and their Tea Party allies and stand up for women in these hostile times”

    - Senator Sylvia Garcia
  • ” He does not give up “

    - Rep. Alma Allen
  • “Recently federal research funding has suffered deep cuts, Cargas will work to restore federal research funding”

    - Dr. Robert Curl. Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • “A much needed voice of reason in Washington DC”

    - Gayle Fallon, former President, Houston Federation of Teachers
  • “James is honest and hard-working with a strong commitment to public service”

    - Former At-Large Council Member Melissa Noriega
  • “The district leans Republican, but not so much that a moderate Democrat like Cargas can’t win”

    - Washington Monthly
  • “James has the depth and breadth of experience to serve in the United States Congress”

    - Rep. Jessica Farrar