It’s not about left or right, it’s about right or wrong.


I’m running for US Congress in Texas’ 7th District because we deserve representation that reflects our values.

Houstonians want Congress to expand access to health care, stand up to discrimination, invest in science and research, and build an economy that gives all hardworking Americans the opportunity to succeed.

The stakes have never been higher, and we need someone who is ready to do the job from day one. I worked on Capitol Hill before the Tea Party, Culberson and Trump corrupted it. Now, I’m running for Congress to stand up to Trump when he ignores the Constitution and to ensure that the promise of America belongs to all of us.
I hope you’ll join me.

  • ” He does not give up “

    - Rep. Alma Allen
  • “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)
  • “James has the depth and breadth of experience to serve in the United States Congress”

    - Rep. Jessica Farrar
  • “James is honest and hard-working with a strong commitment to public service”

    - Former At-Large Council Member Melissa Noriega
  • “A much needed voice of reason in Washington DC”

    - Gayle Fallon, former President, Houston Federation of Teachers
  • “Recently federal research funding has suffered deep cuts, Cargas will work to restore federal research funding”

    - Dr. Robert Curl. Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • “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
  • “The district leans Republican, but not so much that a moderate Democrat like Cargas can’t win”

    - Washington Monthly

Thank you and congratulations!

While this Primary did not turn out the way my team and I had planned and hoped, we are very proud of the honorable, clean, and substantive campaign we ran and the progress made in a part of Harris County typically ignored by the Democratic Party leadership. At every opportunity,...

Culberson Town Hall, March 25, 2017 – Constituents Denied Access

  James has signed the #TownHallPledge and agreed to hold at least four open town hall meetings when elected. Read more here: As a reminder, here is how current John Culberson handled his single town hall in 2017. He selected a venue too small to...

James Cargas Speaks Out Against DCCC “Opposition” Research Released in TX-07 Primary

When I entered the competition for the Democratic nomination, I anticipated being attacked by the incumbent and his Tea Party. I am sure the other Democratic candidates anticipated the same. It is incredibly disappointing, however, when such an attack comes from the very...

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

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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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  • [Cargas possesses] 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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  • 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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  • 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)

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