Central Austin, University Democrats endorse Israel for District 50
The Central Austin Democrats and the University Democrats endorsed
Rep. Mark Strama resigned from the seat in June to manage the Austin Google Fiber Program.
The event Wednesday night at the University of Texas’ Jester Auditorium brought about 200 group members, local Democratic politicians, students and others together for a District 50 candidate debate followed by the vote.
Other Democrats competing for the seat against Israel are Pflugerville attorney and former Travis County Assistant District Attorney Rico Reyes, and Austin resident and owner of Gideon Contracting, Jade Chang Sheppard. (Chang Sheppard did not attend the debate because of a scheduling conflict.)
The lone Republican in the race is
House District 50 covers a large patch of eastern
“I’m looking to see where their interests lie and what will be their first bills they want to file,” Brown said. “That tells me those are the core issues for them. I want to see if they sync up with mine, actually. I don’t live in District 50, but Pct. 2 and District 50 overlap quite a bit, so I’ll be interested in seeing what they want to do at the Capitol.”
The hour-long debate moderated by long-time
Both candidates support Obamacare, expanding Medicaid, stricter gun control and a more urgent approach to water conservation. If elected,
“Strama tried this and it was not successful,” she said. “At the very least, we should be able to go to online registration.”
She also said she would work to give counties more zoning authority.
“The more urban we become, the more we can make a case for the more power you can give commissioners court,” she said.
Reyes said he would focus on education, health care and jobs.
“The first bill I would pass is a
The endorsement by both groups means Israel gets an automatic endorsement from the Austin Progressive Coalition. The coalition is active in get-out-the-vote efforts that can make a difference in close races.
“I’m honored to have their support,” she said. “As a long-time Democrat who’s knocking on doors of other long-time Democrats, it’s a great opportunity to promote my party credentials as we’re talking to voters.”
“It’s an opportunity to win the election in November and, if we’re successful, be a part of battleground Texas and helping Sen. Wendy Davis become the next Governor,” she said.
Reyes, gracious in the night’s defeat, said he was not surprised by the night’s turn of events.
Reyes also said
Whoever voters elect in November will complete the current term through Jan. 1, 2015.
In March, both parties will hold a primary and voters will have their final say in Nov. 2014.
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