Candace Duval is the stronger Democratic candidate to square off against Lamar Smith this fall. We endorse her for election in the Democratic primary.
Duval is a businesswoman and Democratic activist who is an earnest and genuine voice on the campaign trail. She is running an enthusiastic, grassroots-oriented campaign, and is better poised to capitalize on the anti-Smith sentiment that roils the Internet than her primary opponent.
Incumbent Republican Lamar Smith made national headlines as the driving force behind SOPA, a stinking pile of legislation that would have ended the Internet as we know and love it. Smith has drawn two challengers in the Republican primary, and we cross our fingers that one of them knocks him off, as we'd like to get rid of the terrible congressman any way possible.
However, we're a Democratic blog, and we endorse and advocate for Democrats. Duval is the stronger choice in this race, so Democrats casting a ballot in CD-21 should vote to nominate her onto the ballot in November. The other Democrat in the race, Daniel Boone, is a perennial candidate who garners much of his support in the ballot box from sharing a name with a famous frontiersman. While we do not doubt Boone's Democratic bonafides, we are more inspired by the youth and vigor of Duval, who is better matched to go up against Smith on issues such as SOPA, women's health, and civil rights.
Duval is the better candidate to face Smith in the fall. We endorse her in the Democratic primary.
Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.