"I have decided to run for governor of the great state of Texas.”
“As Texans, we believe that with hard work, determination, and a little old-fashioned common sense, we can build a better future for ourselves and our families.”
“We can make our communities safer, create jobs, and get Texas moving in the right direction.”
“I realize that we have a challenging road ahead. But after talking with my family, my friends, and my closest supporters -- I am convinced this is the right decision."
Wendy Davis made national news and became hero for standing up for women's rights earlier this year as she stood on the Texas Senate floor and spoke for 11 hours straight to delay a package of severe abortion restrictions. Davis' filibuster was at least temporarily successful, forcing Perry to call a second special session to pass the bill.
For several weeks Davis has been weighing whether she should run for governor or seek reelection as a State Senator. Texas and Washington D.C. Democrats have been urging her to run for Governor.
Davis has made several trips to Washington D.C to attend fundraisers, give speeches and receive endorsements from such groups as Emily’s List.
“I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: either my State Senate seat or the governor,” Ms. Davis said after a luncheon and speech at the National Press Club.
Now that Davis has announced that she will run, she will face a strong Republican candidate, Greg Abbott, the state’s Attorney General who has amassed $18 million as of the end of 2012 for his run for governor.
Democrats in Texas figure it will take as much as $40 million to have any chance of winning.
The last time Texas had a Democratic Governor was with Ann Richards who left office in January 1995. Since that time the Governor’s office had been held by Republicans, first George W. Bush and the current Governor Rick Perry.
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