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Meet Our Campaign Team

Friday, December 1, 2017. Brent has been putting together a great campaign team, and we thought you might like to meet some of us. These are four of the people who are working hard behind the scenes to help Brent become Congressman Beal in 2018.

Kimberly Brinkerhoff Baptista


I'm the campaign's Communications Director. I manage media coverage and have recently started coordinating internal communications, which is why I'm the one sending this email! You'll be hearing from me a lot in the coming months as we rev up for the primary on March 6th.

I have always worked in various aspects of media and communications--first as a magazine writer and editor, then as a rep at a PR firm, and finally as a book publicist. I have also volunteered as a PR person for activist organizations. I got to know Heather Olson Beal, Brent's wife, many years ago when we volunteered in the same organization, and through Heather, I got to know Brent. That explains why I'm working on this campaign even though I live in Wilmington, North Carolina. (I do have some Texas cred: Before I moved to North Carolina 5 years ago, I lived in the DFW area for 12 years, and my parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews all currently live in Texas.)

I support Brent's candidacy because I know him to be a decent and fair person whose political principles I share. I may not live in the district or even the state, but it's important for me and my children to have a congressional majority that can ensure we have the healthcare, education, and job opportunities we need.

Kate Murray Langston


Kate is the campaign's Fundraising Coordinator, and we're lucky to have her on board given her professional background. She works in social media marketing and nonprofit fundraising and previously served on the legislative staff of both US Rep. Charlie Wilson and US Rep. Jim Turner in Washington, DC. Kate is a native of Lufkin and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. She now lives in Longview.

Asked why she supports Brent's candidacy, Kate says, "I long to see commonsense representation return to my home district and am confident Brent will work for the best interests of the hard-working people of the 1st Congressional District."

Gabrielle Harris


Gabrielle is the campaign's Advisory Board Liaison. She is a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University, studying political science. She's the chair of SFA's Progressive Student Coalition and is very excited to be part of the campaign.

Gabrielle explains her support for Brent's candidacy this way: "I support Brent because he is genuine. When I'm rambling off about spreadsheets, campaign work, voters, etc., he is always the one to bring it back and say, 'How are you today?' or 'Do you have any input or questions about this?' He never forgets to relate any issue back to the people. Simply put, most candidates don't do that. I am proud to support him."

Ellie O'Connor


Ellie is the campaign's Office Manager. Among many other things, she communicates with donors and processes donations. Ellie is junior at Stephen F. Austin State University and is an accounting major. She is Vice President of College Democrats, as well as being Vice President of Finance for Tri Delta. She plans to attend law school after graduating. 

Please join us by volunteering and/or making a donation today!

TO VOLUNTEER: volunteer@beal2018.com

TO DONATE: http://www.beal2018.com/donate

Kimberly Brinkerhoff Baptista
Communications Director
Brent Beal for Congress

It's Official: I'm on the Ballot!

Monday, November 27, 2017. It's official! I'm running against Louie Gohmert in Texas's first congressional district. I mailed in my filing paperwork on Friday, November 13, and I am now listed as a Democratic candidate on Texas's Secretary of State website for the primary on March 6.

I submitted 837 signature (500 were required). In the weeks leading up to the filing deadline, I visited 50 cities and towns across the district gathering these signatures and listening to people talk about what they want from our government. 
When I started this 50-city tour, I had three objectives:

1) I wanted to get to know the district better. We live in a beautiful place, deep East Texas, and it has been a privilege to visit mom and pop restaurants, Family Dollars, Dairy Queens, Whataburgers, and post office parking lot across the 12 counties in this congressional district--from Smith, parts of Wood and Upshur, to Gregg and Harrison, down to Nacogdoches, Angelina, San Augustine, and Sabine, with Panola, Rusk, and Shelby in between.

2) I wanted to listen to people. People are frustrated. They don’t feel like they have a voice. They don’t feel like our government is working to defend their interests. In fact, they don’t feel like government is working at all. People want to be able to work hard, play fair, and at the end of the day, be able to make a life for themselves and their families. They can sense that the system is rigged; they feel like they’re running in place, but they don’t know what to do about it.

3) I wanted to collect petition signatures to get on the ballot. But more than that, I wanted to get a sense of whether there was an appetite for change; if people were willing to stand up and defend some of our core democratic values that have been under attack recently. There are large numbers of people willing to stand up and fight. It’s been inspiring.



Thanks my family, our donors, our campaign staff, our advisory board, and all of the hard-working volunteers who made this possible. I'm honored to be an official candidate. I'm committed to holding Gohmert accountable in next year’s midterm elections.

Please join us by volunteering and/or making a donation today!

TO VOLUNTEER: volunteer@beal2018.com

TO DONATE: http://www.beal2018.com/donate


Brent Beal
Congressional Candidate
Texas's First Congressional District

Smith and Nacogdoches: 50 City Tour

Friday, November 10, 2017. On the last day of his 50 City Tour, Brent visited Mt. Enterprise, Bullard, Flint, Noonday, Tyler, and Nacogdoches. Brent has traveled Texas's first congressional district meeting constituents and gathering filing petition signatures.

The most common complaint? People don't feel like Louie Gohmert listens to them or makes an honest effort to effectively represent them. People want their congressman to meet with them, to listen to them, and to represent them--and that's something broad segments of our population here in this congressional district don't feel that Gohmert makes an effort to do.

Other concerns? People want a representative who will work to make college affordable again, commit to protect our rural hospitals, fight to make sure everyone has access to the healthcare they need, and who will stand up for workers, entrepreneurs, and small and family-owned businesses in our communities.

Although this was the end of our 50 City Tour, it is just the beginning of our campaign. I'm committed to spending the next year fighting for the values we all care about: honesty, decency, competency, respect for our democratic institutions, and the notion that in a representative democracy whoever we elect has a duty to listen to and represent everyone.


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Smith and Wood: 50 City Tour

Monday, November 6, 2017. Brent, as part of his 50 City Tour, stopped in Laneville, Troup, Art, Quitman, Lindale, Hideaway, Whitehouse, and Cushing. He met some great folks and collected filing petition signatures.


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Angelina: 50 City Tour

Saturday, November 4, 2017. Brent, as part of his 50 City Tour, made stops in Lufkin, Hudson, Burke, Diboll, Zavalla, and Huntington. He met some great folks and collected filing petition signatures.


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Shelby: 50 City Tour

Friday, November 3, 2017. Brent, as part of his 50 City Tour, stopped in Garrison, Timpson, Tenaha, Center, Shelbyville, and Martinsville. He met some great folks and collected filing petition signatures.


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Rusk and Panola: 50 City Tour

Sunday, October 29, 2017. Brent, as part of his 50 City Tour, made stops in Carthage, Beckville, Tatum, Henderson, and Overton. He met some great folks and collected filing petition signatures. Future stops are listed here: http://www.beal2018.com/50_city_tour.


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Metro Bus Expo

Saturday, October 28, 2017. Brent attended the Metro Bus Expo in Longview. This showcased what local businesses and services are available in East Texas!


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LMFA Fundraiser

Saturday, October 28, 2018. Brent and his wife, Heather, attended the "Bewitched" event benefitting the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.


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Brews for Beal

Friday, October 27, 2017.  Citizens of the Nacogdoches area gathered for local brews to get excited for the 2018 campaign. Thank you to everyone who came out!


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Harrison: 50 City Tour

Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Brent made stops in Waskom, Scottsville, Marshall, Harleton, Hallsville, and Lakeport on this part of his 50 City Tour. He was collecting filing petition signatures to help him get on the ballot. Future stops are listed here: http://www.beal2018.com/50_city_tour.


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Kasha Williams: Campaign Announcement

Monday, October 23, 2017. Brent attended the campaign kick off for Kasha Williams in Longview. She is running for Gregg County District 4 Commissioner. #Kasha4Commissioner


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Sabine and San Augustine: 50 City Tour

Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Brent made stops in Chireno, San Augustine, Milam, Hemphill, Pineland, and Broaddus on this part of his 50 City Tour. He was collecting filing petitions signatures to help him get on the ballot while also getting to know some of the citizens in Congressional District 1. Future stops are listed here: http://www.beal2018.com/50_city_tour.


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Gregg and Upshur: 50 City Tour

Friday, October 13, 2017. Brent had stops in Kilgore, Longview, White Oak, Gladewater, Gilmer, Big Sandy, and Liberty City on this part of his 50 City Tour.  He was collecting filing petition signatures to help him get on the ballot. Future stops are listed here: http://www.beal2018.com/50_city_tour


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Francisco "Chato" Rios Foundation Annual Event

Saturday, September 30, 2017. I attended part of the Francisco "Chato" Rios Foundation's Annual Event. I spoke briefly along with Nallely Briones Mejia, Alicia Fernandez, Leslie Guerrero, James Montoya, and Amelia Fischer, about DACA (and other immigration issues). We need to protect our Dreamers! Tenemos que defender los sonadores!


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Texas Democratic Women 23rd Annual Beans & Jeans Fundraiser

Saturday, September 30, 2017. I attended the 23rd Annual Texas Democratic Women (Nacogdoches Chapter) Beans & Jeans Fundraiser. It was a great time. Thanks to Judge Gilberto Hinojosa and Bill Brannon for coming down. Thanks to Norma Butler, Doris Perkins, and the army of folks that helped put on the event. It was an honor to be there.


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Texas State Forest Festival

Saturday, September 23, 2017. I spent a few hours at the Texas State Forest Festival in Lufkin (http://www.texasstateforestfestival.com/).


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Discovery Science Place 6th Annual Gala: A Night at the Museum

Saturday, September 23, 2017. It was a privilege to attend the Discovery Science Place 6th Annual Gala (http://www.discoveryscienceplace.org/). Rabbi Neal Katz and Henry M. Bell, III were honored at the event.


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East Texas State Fair

Friday, September 22, 2017. I spent a few hours at the Smith County Democratic Party booth at the East Texas State Fair (http://www.etstatefair.com/).


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Peace Meal 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017. I was invited by Rabbi Neal Katz to attend the annual Peace Meal in Tyler. Jack Wilson, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Smith County, was honored at the event (http://smithcountyhabitat.org/ceo/).


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