Following a historic 2018 primary campaign for U.S. Senate on progressive issues, policies, and solutions, supporters of our campaign have asked whether and when I will seek office again. 

John Cornyn and many of our other elected representatives continue to maintain a status quo which leaves millions in systemic poverty, without healthcare, secure jobs, affordable housing, or savings for our future.  Our campaign earned 24% of the Democratic vote on a platform of reform.  Across the nation, voters have elected grassroots candidates running on the same platform. Still, the parties refuse to hear voters’ demands.   Together we have remained active, calling for the end of the war economy, systemic racism, dependence on the fossil fuel industry and organizing to end poverty.

I worked in healthcare for 6 years, I have witnessed the flaws in our healthcare system, something most politicians have not.  My experiences in a system which favors the wealthy and multinational businesses inspired me to become a human rights advocate, activist and organizer in the Houston area. I am a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and fully support the DSA platform and DSA values. Before joining my local chapter of the organization, I contributed to the drafting of resolutions for the DSA platform.

I am the daughter of immigrants, the oldest of 7 siblings, and the first American-born child in my family. The sacrifices my parents and grandparents made fueled my run for the U.S. Senate.  I grew up in a migrant working family, and I understand the struggles of people burdened by crushing debt, absence of job security, and lack of healthcare coverage.

In order to prepare for the 2020 U.S. Senate race to unseat Sen. John Cornyn, I am asking for your pledge of support.  If you would like to continue the campaign we began to bring real reform to our government and make it work for the working class, then please let me know with your commitment.

In Solidarity,

Irasema "Sema" Hernandez


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September 26, 2018

End the Assault on Our Rights

Dear Supporter,

Senator John Cornyn is among the Republican men on the Senate Judiciary Committee who voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013. It should come as no surprise that, despite new and controversial evidence about nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Mr. Cornyn has dismissed women’s accounts of sexual molestation by Kavanaugh as nothing more than “smear tactics”. His actions reflect a deliberate disregard for women’s safety and rights.

After weeks of refusing to release Kavanaugh’s files, Sen. Cornyn now has joined his Republican colleagues in intimidating and discrediting Kavanaugh’s accusers before they have an opportunity to testify at his confirmation hearing about their traumatic experiences. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for Friday, September 28, 2018, regardless of whether the women’s testimony warrants further investigation.  Sen. Mitch McConnell has stated that the Republicans will confirm Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Cornyn was a former Texas Supreme Court Judge and Attorney General of Texas, where the public entrusted him to exercise independent judgment and to protect victims’ rights. Cornyn’s predisposition to fast track the Kavanaugh confirmation for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, even before hearing witnesses’ testimony, is a violation of the voters’ trust in electing him to the Senate.

Republican Senators have no regard for our rights from healthcare to women's rights. The Kavanaugh Confirmation process has been an overt and willful rubber-stamp, disrespectful of constituents, democracy, and the Constitution.

Here’s what’s at stake if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as SCOTUS:

  • Healthcare

  • Reproductive Justice

  • Human Rights

  • Education

  • Immigration

  • Marriage Equality

  • Labor Rights

  • Environmental Laws

  • Tribal Sovereignty

  • Democracy

It is difficult to remove bad politicians from office when they are heavily-funded by organizations and influential donors who are committed to restricting our personal rights and liberties.  Our campaign to replace Senator John Cornyn in 2020 has begun, but we need your help and support to win.  Please visit our website and let us know if you’re available to volunteer. It's never too early to make a donation to our campaign to ensure that your rights are protected.

In Solidarity,

Sema Hernandez

Candidate for U.S. Senate 2020

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