Elena White, daughter of gubernatorial candidate Bill White, visits Victoria


Aug. 4, 2010 at 3:04 a.m.

Elena White

Elena White

From El Paso's mountains to the cactus-strewn South, Elena White, daughter of gubernatorial candidate Bill White, has seen much of Texas' landscape.

And, Wednesday, she got a taste of the Crossroads.

Victoria was among stops the Houston resident made to discuss her father's campaign and ask people their visions for Texas' future.

"Texas is a huge state with a range of landscapes and people," she said. "It's incredible."

White has previous campaign experience - at 14, she helped with data entry during her father's mayoral race - but nothing on this level, she said.

The entire White family has helped out, she said, and the journey has brought stories.

One that stands out in her mind took place in Pecos, a city that touts itself as having the world's oldest rodeo.

White and her father attended a rodeo parade and, afterward, spoke with attendees.

The gubernatorial candidate approached a cowboy with wrinkles, boots, a hat and dip in his mouth and, when he went to introduce himself, the cowboy said it wasn't necessary.

"He said, 'I know who you are. You're my Facebook friend,'" White said with a laugh, adding it sometimes surprises her how social network sites come into the mix.

Bill White's platform focuses heavily on education and making sure Texas has someone in office who's doing the right thing for the state and squeezing the most out of the taxpayers' dollar.

White said her father has heart and wants to make Texas a better place.

"I've seen him in front of the cameras, talking to thousands of people, and I've seen him at home," White said. "He really does try to do the right thing by everybody."

As for now, she said she'll continue traveling the state.

The Rice University student studies economics and adjusts her class schedule so she can help her father. With elections nearing, she's taking a break from classes until January.

"I don't think I could just sit in a library through everything that's going on in October," she said.



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