A Burleson County man has announced he is entering the race for Texas Senate District 18 on the Democrat ballot.
29 year old Josh Tutt has filed for the seat currently held by Brenham Republican Lois Kolkhorst in Senate District 18. Tutt, a seven generation Texan, lives on a vineyard in Burleson County with his husband Rick. Tutt says community leaders in the District urged him to enter the race against Kolkhorst so she would have a Democrat opponent. His platform focuses on rural infrastructure, environmental stewardship and climate justice, affordable health care, voting rights and election integrity, and criminal justice reform. Tutt says he believes in responsible gun ownership, but thinks the permitless carry bill, sponsored by Kolkhorst, took things too far and made Texas less safe for everyone.
Texas Senate District 18 includes Washington, Burleson, Lee, Austin, Fayette and Waller counties, and stretches south all the way to the coast. Lois Kolkhorst has represented the District since 2014.