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Allyson Ortegon

Allyson Ortegon is a reporting fellow covering the 86th Texas Legislature for public radio stations around the state. She has previously interned for KUT, Austin’s NPR Station. Originally from Cibolo, Texas, Allyson began her reporting career for Schertz Magazine, published near San Antonio.  
Since moving to Austin, Allyson has reported across multiple platforms including radio, television and print media. She will graduate from the University of Texas at Austin's School of Journalism in May 2020 with a secondary concentration in business.

Green and Libertarian party illustration
Illustration by Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Super Tuesday was March 3. Thousands of Texas Democrats and Republicans cast votes for candidates they want to represent their party when they face off in the November general election. But what if you're not a Democrat? What if you're not a Republican? 

Voters lined up in Katy on Nov. 6, 2018.
Pu Ying Huang / The Texas Tribune

A long list of Democrats are vying to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the general election later this year. But first one must break out from the pack.

The Texas Tribune's CEO and co-founder Evan Smith sat down for hourlong conversations with five of the 12 Democrats running in the primary. Watch them below.

Holly McDaniel is the executive director at the Austin Diaper Bank, primarily working to distribute diapers and menstrual products to partner agencies around the city.

Usually, she sits in an office or packages supplies in a warehouse overflowing with diapers and menstrual products. But, in the last few months, she headed out to the Texas Capitol to testify at the House Ways and Means Committee.

Salma Paredes, a senior at Arlington Collegiate High School, enjoys graphic design, watching documentaries and hanging out with friends — when she has the time. She’s typically busy taking college courses and planning her future. She will graduate from high school this spring with 60 college credits, the equivalent of an associate’s degree, or half of a bachelor’s degree.