States & Candidates

States can change the direction of our country.


2020 Overview

When Future Now Fund went into Texas, we knew it was a long-shot. We needed to outperform historical state legislative results by matching the high-water mark of Beto O’Rourke in all districts. 

11,000 total voters would have had to flip to hand over control of the chamber, representing just 0.1% of all votes cast in Texas. In these close races, polling error was the difference between achieving the sweep and coming up short. 

While the Texas State House majority did not change, FNF helped defend the ground gained; +12 seats since 2016 in the State House. 

2020 Election Highlights

  • There were several close races, but Representative Ann Johnson was the only FNF-endorsee to win her seat and she became the first openly LGBT+ State Representative to serve her district. She did 11% better than the previous candidate in her Houston-based district, winning it from one of the best-funded opponents in the state.
  • Seven of our candidates lost by less than five percent of the vote. FNF-endorsee Brandy Chambers had the narrowest margin, coming just 233 votes short of a win. These narrow margins show exactly how close the minority was to picking up seats in 2020, and illustrate momentum built from 2018 that can secure opportunities ahead to flip more seats in 2022. 

Meet the candidates

  • Ann Johnson

    Ann is a former chief human trafficking prosecutor, who now teaches and runs a small business. Ann has worked with members of both parties to find common sense solutions to help all Texans.