In the attorney general runoff, Democratic candidates Rochelle Garza and Joe Jaworsky have refocused attention on abortion policy following the recent leaked opinion suggesting Roe v. Wade could be overturned.
Rochelle Garza is a civil rights lawyer who sued the Trump administration in 2017, seeking access to an abortion for an undocumented teenager. Reproductive care has always been central to Garza’s campaign. Earlier this month she attended reproductive rights rallies and has been consistently outspoken on social media about her determination to fight for abortion care. Garza also won the endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice America, the oldest extant abortion rights advocacy group in the nation, calling the fifth-generation Texan from the Valley a “reproductive freedom champion.”
“Our mothers fought before and won. Now, it’s our turn to continue the fight and win for OUR daughters and everyone’s access to abortion care,” Garza wrote to her base on Twitter after a Dallas Bans Off Our Bodies rally earlier this month.
Joe Jaworski is a former Galveston mayor and a trial attorney for over three decades. In response to the leak, Jaworski described the decision as “outrageous on multiple levels,” and accused SCOTUS of “gravely misjudging the moment and doing a terrible disservice to the American public.”
“After thirty-one years of being a lawyer and almost a decade in local public service,” Jaworski said, “I’ve got the chops to solve some of the problems, and I am ready to get to work on day one.”
Garza finished first in the May 1 primary, though neither candidate obtained greater than 50% of the vote needed to solidify their position in the general election later this year. Forecasters suggest that Garza’s track record as a reproductive rights advocate will give her an advantage in the upcoming runoff. The winner will face the victor of the Republican primary runoff in the general election — either Ken Paxton, the incumbent attorney general, or Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.