Building the Coalition to Achieve Progressive Wins for Texas Communities
Building a progressive Texas from the ground up.
Ground Game Texas exists to organize and mobilize voters community-by-community, collaborating with partners on the ground to meet voters at their doors, hear their concerns, and highlight popular issues that are on the ballot.
"Texas is on the verge of political transformation. But to make sure that happens, we need a collaborative approach that harnesses the power of local organizers and puts grassroots voter contact front and center. Ground Game Texas will be at the forefront of those efforts." -- Secretary Julian Castro
What we do
Organizing in communities across Texas
We engage and mobilize voters across Texas through year-round direct voter contact.
- Ground Game is putting face-to-face voter contact front-and-center. We will knock 1,000,000 doors across Texas in our first year.
Progress on the ballot
- We're not waiting for politicians to make change. We will work to put popular policies on the ballot and engage voters on the issues.
- Ground Game will partner with local and statewide organizations to fight for change community-by-community.
No community left behind
- Rural communities are often the most under-served by their elected leaders. We're engaging voters in big cities and small towns across Texas.
Julie Oliver (Executive Director) is a healthcare finance expert who ran two aspirational, 100% PAC-free campaigns for the US House of Representatives in Texas’ 25th congressional district. In addition to her role as Executive Director of Ground Game Texas, Julie serves her community by volunteering weekly at a local food bank and in a volunteer board position for DivInc and has two decades of healthcare finance and tax law experience. She received an undergraduate degree in Accounting from UT Arlington and a law degree from UT School of Law, and lives in Austin with her husband, Matt, five cats, a dog, and their kids.
Mike Siegel (Political Director) has served the people for the last twenty-one years, first in the classroom as a public school teacher and teacher's union organizer, and more recently in the courtroom as a civil rights lawyer and city attorney for the City of Austin. Mike ran for Congress in 2018 and 2020, and built broad grassroots coalitions that made hundreds of thousands of voter contacts and helped change the political context in the Texas 10th Congressional District. He is excited to put his shoulder to the wheel in his new capacity as political director for Ground Game Texas, where he will work to cultivate alliances and work for progressive change across the state of Texas.
Ground Game Texas is supported by a broad coalition of Texas leaders
Hon. Jim Hightower
former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and populist hell raiser
President, Texas AFL-CIO
International President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
Hon. Wendy Davis
Former Texas State Senator; Founder, Deeds Not Words
Hon. Jasmine Crockett
Texas Representative, HD-100
Hon. James Talarico
Texas Representative, HD-52
Hon. Letitia Plummer
Houston City Councilwoman
Nonprofit Manager; 2020 Democratic Nominee for Congress, TX-24
Attorney; 2020 Democratic Nominee for Congress, TX-02
Attorney; 2020 Democratic Nominee for Congress, TX-03
President, Texas College Democrats
Southeast Regional Chair, APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association)
United We Dream Co-founder & Groundswell Fund Senior Capacity Building Director
Executive Director, Environment Texas
Attorney; Community Advocate; 2020 Democratic Nominee for Texas HD-138
Senior Policy Advisor, Researcher, Educator
Advocacy Manager, MOVE Texas
Hub Coordinator, Sunrise Movement Houston
Hon. Kendric Jones
Waller County Commissioner
Treasurer, Blue America PAC
Alán de León
Houston Advocacy Organizer, MOVE Texas
Rural organizer and co-founder, BlueUP Texas
Co-Founder, Austin Muslim Democrats
State Director, Our Revolution Texas