James Cargas

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James Cargas
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 7
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan, 1988
J.D.American University
ReligionGreek Orthodox
Campaign website
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James Cargas was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Texas. He previously ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2012.


Cargas earned his bachelor's degree in English/Communications from the University of Michigan in 1988. He went on to receive his J.D. from American University. Cargas is currently the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston.[1]


Campaign themes


Cargas' website lists the following issues:[2]

  • Bring Back American Jobs
Excerpt: "Over 23 consecutive months of job growth representing over 37 million new private sector jobs has not erased the massive job losses from this recession. More needs to be done to reduce our 8.3% unemployment rate."
  • Invest in America’s Future
Excerpt: "The Tea Party’s crusade to lower taxes at every opportunity and cut federal spending indiscriminately has devastated certain areas essential to America’s future. We need to rebuild our economy, not dismantle and weaken it."
  • Enact a Comprehensive Energy Policy
Excerpt: "Energy independence is a matter of national security and economic stability. The high price of oil has stimulated drilling and production more than any federal subsidy ever could. Supply is only part of the equation, reducing our demand is equally important."
  • Increase Science and Biotechnology Funding
Excerpt: "The Texas Medical Center contains 49 world-class educational and research institutions and top-tier hospitals employing 93,000 Houstonians with an annual economic impact of $14 billion for the Houston area. Its economic future and preeminence in scientific research have been in peril for almost a decade as federal funding for science has been below the rate of inflation."
  • Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Excerpt: "Fact: 11 to 20 million undocumented people live in the United States. Building larger more expensive walls will not change this. These individuals are already here, and the overwhelming majority of them are living, working and contributing to our economy and communities. America will benefit socially and economically from comprehensive immigration reform."



See also: Texas' 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Cargas ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 7th District. Cargas defeated Lissa Squiers to win the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014. He will face incumbent John Culberson (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3][4]

U.S. House, Texas District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Cargas 62.2% 4,098
Lissa Squiers 37.8% 2,491
Total Votes 6,589
Source: Texas Secretary of State (timed out)


See also: Texas' 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Cargas ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 7th District. He and Lissa Squiers defeated Phillip Andrews in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He went on to defeat Squiers in the July 31, 2012, runoff. He was defeated by John Culberson (R) in the general election on November 6.[5][6]

U.S. House, Texas District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Culberson Incumbent 60.8% 142,793
     Democratic James Cargas 36.4% 85,553
     Libertarian Drew Parks 2% 4,669
     Green Lance Findley 0.8% 1,822
Total Votes 234,837
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 7 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Cargas 57.9% 2,121
Lissa Squiers 42.1% 1,545
Total Votes 3,666


Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cargas' reports.

James Cargas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2013$1,046$114$(1,078)$81
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2013$81$360$(424)$682
October Quarterly[10]October 15, 2013$682$600$(491)$791
Year-End[11]January 30, 2014$791$7,786$(5,209)$3,368
Pre-Primary[12]February 20, 2014$3,368$11,864$(11,139)$4,093
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$4,093$11,926$(12,765)$3,253
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$3,253$7,489$(8,461)$2,281
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2014$2,281$21,355$(20,689)$5,343
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Cargas's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cargas did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cargas's campaign committee raised a total of $76,900 and spent $75,854.[16]


Cargas has a wife, Dorina.[1]

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