Daniel Moran is a lifelong democratic activist and advocate of secular and egalitarian values. He is currently earning his degree in Political Science at the University of North Texas and planning to continue his education at law school to advocate for social justice.
Already making a career out of confronting his elected officials for not properly representing their constituents, including his Congressman and Mayor, Daniel has found that running for the legislature is the best way to fight for his fellow Texans and those too often forgotten and ignored by the political system.
Daniel was born to a middle-class family in Englewood, a suburb of Denver, Colorado. His father worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) while his mother was able to stay home. Soon after Daniel was born, the family moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Growing up middle class, Daniel was able to go on frequent family vacations, mostly to the Rocky Mountains back in Colorado. There Daniel learned from his father, who considered himself conservative leaning, to appreciate nature and the importance of preserving our environment for future generations.
Daniel's upbringing taught him how valuable it is to have a stable family able to provide economically, as well as emotionally. That is why Daniel wants to raise the minimum wage and combat income inequality, so that families only need one parent's income to live a comfortable, middle class life instead of both parents being forced to work, sometimes two jobs each, just to live paycheck to paycheck.
Like so many Millennials, Daniel's involvement with activism began online, leaning about and discussing politics and current events with people from all over the world with different backgrounds and beliefs spanning the political and socio-economic spectrums, giving Daniel new and global perspectives on how to tackle issues right here at home in Texas. The astounding success of social programs abroad is the model Daniel sees that Texas should be using to ensure a proper safety net for hardworking Texans who fall on tough times.
Contributing to various podcasts and news blogs since in high school, Daniel became known as a voice for equality for women, the LGBTQ community, and racial and religious minorities.
Once at the University of North Texas, Daniel founded the Secular Student Alliance at the University of North Texas, a group for students who would otherwise feel disenfranchised for their religious beliefs to be a voice for secularism and humanistic values at the university.
The first campaign Daniel became involved with was in 2012 for attorney Tim Rusk, who was running to unseat Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-24). Although the campaign was unsuccessful, Daniel took home many skills about what it means to run for office, standing up for one's ideals in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and never backing down from a fight that meant fighting to protect the rights and dignity of others.
From there, Daniel gained notoriety when confronting Congressman Michael Burgess (R-26) at a town hall meeting held at a local megachurch in August of 2013. While asking Congressman Burgess why he voted twice against allowing secular and humanist chaplains to serve, members of the crowd heckled Daniel and aggressively demanded that he be thrown out.
In December of 2013, Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden declared 2014 the "Year of the Bible." In response, Daniel put the campaign on hold and harkened back to his days as a secular activist, organizing a protest that brought together a coalition of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and nonreligious residents of Flower Mound and the surrounding Metroplex.
The protest, which coincidentally was on Religious Freedom Day of 2014, was declared by the local media as "nauseatingly civil" for the respectful demeanor and discourse that sent a clear message of disapproval from the town for the Mayor's sectarian and divisive proclamation.
On February 14th, 2015, he married Shayrah Akers after nearly four years together. Shayrah, his campaign manager during the 2014 election, kept Daniel focused and upbeat during the long months of the campaign and helping him to raise the most of any Democratic candidate in the county. Without her, Daniel would not be where he is today.
Daniel and Shayrah live in Flower Mound, Texas. Daniel has one stepdaughter, Kylie.