Marlena Cooper to challenge Jay Dean for Texas House District 7

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Marlena Cooper has entered the race for the seat of Texas House District 7, running as a Democrat.

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According to a release, Cooper was born in Jefferson and has deep ties to the communities within East Texas.

Marlena Cooper, courtesy of Marlena Cooper for Texas
Marlena Cooper, courtesy of Marlena Cooper for Texas

According to her campaign, Cooper challenges the incumbent Jay Dean (R-Longview), hoping to become the first Black woman to represent the residents of Gregg, Harrison and Marion counties.

“I remember standing on the floor of the State House at 16 years old, speaking about borders and immigration,” Cooper said. “That moment ignited a passion within me to advocate for the issues that matter most to our community. Now, I have the opportunity to turn that passion into action.”

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Cooper said that her main issues she is running on are women’s rights, rural healthcare, and public education. She said that she wants to advocate for reproductive rights and access to necessary healthcare, fight for the expansion of healthcare into remote and rural communities and to increase support of the public education system.

“East Texas is at a crossroads,” Cooper said. “We need leadership that reflects our values and prioritizes our needs. It’s time to turn Texas true, by addressing the pressing issues of public education, rural healthcare, and women’s rights.”

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