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“Strong female candidate” enters race for TCDP chair
Friday, November 10, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
On Tuesday, Democratic organizer Anne Wynne announced she would be vying for the position of Travis County Democratic Party chair, quickly earning her endorsements from Sen. Kirk Watson, District Attorney Margaret Moore, and Reps. Eddie Rodriguez and Celia Israel. Yesterday, Wynne issued a call to her fellow candidates to donate 25 percent of the funds they raise to TCDP. According to a statement from her camp, Wynne “has deep roots in Democratic activism in Central Texas. She got her start volunteering for Ann Richards for County Commissioner, which carried over into Ann’s race for State Treasurer, and eventually led to Anne serving as one of the Ann Richards for Governor Campaign attorneys. Governor Richards’ daughter, Cecile Richards, introduced her to her future husband, Fred Ellis, while they were working on Ann’s campaign for Governor. Together, Anne and Fred raised their three children in Travis County.” At the moment, Wynne is the sole candidate for the position. Mike Lewis dropped out of the race yesterday, following an apology for making rape jokes on Facebook amid questions about whether he supported TCDP’s platform. The previous sole candidate, Rick Cofer, trod a similar path. He dropped out of the race after he realized his inappropriate behavior toward women would soon be made public.
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