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Democrats: Candidate for governor would serve everybody in Texas

Oct. 3, 2013 at 5:03 a.m.

A crowd gathers at IBC Bank in Victoria to watch a live stream of state Sen. Wendy Davis' announcement for governor.

Laura Kinnison, president of Victoria Democrats Club, said abortion is not the main issue for her in a governor's race in Texas.

"It's about health care for women who don't have access to it otherwise," she said.

Kinnison said she is excited about Wendy Davis, a state senator who announced her bid Thursday for the governor's seat.

"She's very electable. Her message resonates with a lot of women," she said.

Kinnison was among more than 20 people who watched a live stream of Davis' announcement of her gubernatorial run. The group cheered and clapped as Davis made her official announcement.

Davis rose to the national spotlight in June after an 11-hour filibuster protesting a bill about abortion restrictions in Texas.

Kinnison said she is tired of the guys in Austin legislating the choices women make with their bodies.

While some political observers describe Davis as the Democrats' front-runner to be the next governor, others see her as a representation of liberal politics as usual.

Michael Cloud, chairman of the Victoria County GOP, sent in a written statement: "Wendy Davis has been recognized by independent sources as one of the most liberal senators in Texas.

"She may do well to represent a party which has seemed increasingly intent on advancing an agenda counter to principles found in our nation's Constitution."

The watch party, which occurred at IBC Bank, 6411 N. Navarro St. Jane Bernal, former Democratic chairwoman of Victoria County, hosted the event.

Bernal said she has a special connection with Davis. Bernal raised four children and identified with Davis' status as a single mom.

"Her struggle in life alone shows that she will represent us all in Texas, and she has the stamina to do that," Bernal said. "She's been doing that as a senator for Texas, and I know she will work even harder as governor of the state of Texas."



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