Stressing bi-partisanship and counting on the support of women and Hispanics to get elected, Texas governor hopeful Sen. Wendy Davis (D - Fort Worth) Friday presented her vision to members of the Dallas Friday Group.
" I believe strongly in public-private partnership", Davis said in reference to Toyota Motor Co.'s decision this week to move major parts of its U.S headquarters from California to Plano, Texas, where Toyota, in exchange for an investment of $40 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund, commits to invest more than $300 million and employ nearly 4,000 people.
Davis, that was elected to the Texas Senate in 2008, touted her 9 year experience on the Fort Worth City Council, were she was the chair of the city's economic development committee, as crucial.
" I'm a democrat representing a republican district and I'm proud to have the reputation to walk over the aisle", she said, especially mentioning Sen. Carona (R - Dallas) and giving him high points for his work on transportation planning, one of the three issues she focused her speech on. The other two were education, the center part of her campaign, and water development and conservation.
" If we don't address the growing water need of this state we will not be able to grow our economy ", she said.
But Davis, that gained national fame in 2013 when she filibustered a Texas abortion bill banning abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy, faces an uphill battle. The last democrat to be elected governor in Texas was Ann Richards in 1990, and since 1994, no democrat have won a statewide election. Something that maybe explains why the Davis campaign in April set a goal of knocking on 48,000 doors in the Rio Grande Valley. Of the Valley's 1,3 million inhabitants, 86 percent of Cameron County, 90 percent of Hidalgo County, and 86 percent of Willacy County are Hispanics.