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Local Democrats 'energized' by Davis' expected gubernatorial bid

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Wendy Davis (Source: Facebook) Wendy Davis (Source: Facebook)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - After weeks of speculation, State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) will announce Thursday her political plans to run for governor of Texas in 2014.

The last Democratic governor of Texas was also the last female governor: Ann Richards, who served from 1991 to 1995.

Local Democrats say they're energized about Davis' candidacy and what it would mean for Texas if a Democrat was governor.

"The energized base and the energized followers within the Democratic party now have issues to talk about, issues like education, transportation, water, conservation, energy efficiency, building the infrastructure, rebuilding Texas jobs, and these are the issues that are important to all voters, not just Democratic voters," said D. Karen Wilkerson, the Senate District 1 Committeewoman for the Texas Democratic Party.

Senator davis gained national attention because of a 13-hour filibuster in June that delayed a vote on a controversial abortion bill.

Local democrats believe Senator Davis would have a good chance at winning if she becomes the Democratic nominee because moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats would respond to her stance on issues like education and transportation.

"She has character, she has energy, she has expertise, and she is a very real person. If you speak to her personally, she relates to you one to one. She is not a very distant politician," said Wilkerson. "She is a product of the people and I think she will well represent the people of Texas."

Even though the election is still 13 months away, a poll released this week by Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group, shows Senator Davis trailing the likely Republican nominee, Greg Abbott, 29 to 21 percent, with 50 percent still undecided.

It is possible Davis could face a challenger in a March 2014 Democratic primary, but Democrats across the state think it's unlikely at this point.

"What we are seeing are several high-profile people who are looking at other positions to build a slate of candidates so that the people of Texas will really have a choice this time," Wilkerson said. "It won't just be somebody at the top of the ticket and nobody else down the ballot."

Senator Davis will announce her plans Thursday afternoon at around 5 p.m. at the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City, the same coliseum where she received her high school diploma in 1981.

If you'd like to watch Davis's announcement, "Battleground Texas" is hosting a watch party in Tyler Thursday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. at The Cascade Country Club (4511 Briarwood Road; Tyler, TX 75709).

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