Former state senator puts hat in ring for Dist. 21 Democratic nomination

Former Democratic State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced she is running for congress.

Davis, who gained notoriety during her 2014 run against Governor Greg Abbott, announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for District-21 on Monday morning. She will face freshman U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, who represents a large portion of Hays County.

“I’m running for Congress because people’s voices are still being silenced,” Davis said in a video announcement. “I’m running for our children and grandchildren so they can live and love and fight for change themselves.”

The former state Senator also made national headlines during her 2013 filibuster on an anti-abortion bill.

The 21st House District was 2.5% away from turning blue in the 2018 midterm election. Democratic Army veteran, author and business owner Joseph Kopser received 47.6% of the vote compared to Roy’s 50.2%.

In Hays and Travis counties, the pendulum did swing blue in Kopser’s favor. But for Davis to succeed against Roy, she will have to win more than just Hays and Travis to secure her spot in Congress.

District 21 spans from Northern San Antonio to South Austin, and extends west to Fredericksburg and Kerrville. In 2018, Roy overwhelmingly secured Gillespie, Blanco Kerr, Kendall, Comal and Bandera counties, all located in the western portion of the district away from the two major cities.

Kopser lost northern Bexar County and San Antonio by less than 2,000 votes, which could prove to be a pivotal area in the 2020 election.

In Hays County, Democrats won by 8% where the margin of victory in Austin was above 50%.

Davis will look to capitalize on the bigger cities in the district while remembering not to neglect the western portions which secured the election for Roy in 2018.

Davis served on the Fort Worth city council before tackling the State Senate. She also founded Deeds Not Words, an organization focused on reproductive rights, freedom from sexual harassment, economic opportunity, pay equality and affordable healthcare.

As for Roy, the freshman lawmaker has previous experience in state-wide and national politics. Before his victory in 2018, Roy was the Chief of Staff for Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Staff Director for Sen. John Cornyn (R), both of whom still hold office.

Additionally, Roy was the First Assistant Attorney General under Ken Paxton and served as senior advisor to former Governor Rick Perry.

Davis’ video revolved around shaping the future in what she believes is a broken political system.

“Every Texan needs to know that the future belongs to all of us and we all can play a role in shaping it,” Davis said.

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