Senator Wendy Davis has added to her impressive endorsement list with the enthusiastic support of local and statewide business leaders. The Davis campaign made the announcement yesterday:
Local and statewide business leaders today announced their support for Senator Wendy Davis' re-election. Endorsing Davis, they praised her work to create and protect local jobs and her leadership role in state and local economic development.
“Senator Davis knows how to set partisanship aside, roll up her sleeves and work to create jobs and build a strong business climate here in North Texas. We're proud to support her for re-election to the Texas Senate,” said Rick Kubes, co-owner of Kubes Jewelers on West Berry Street. “Downtown, 7th Street, Lancaster, Berry – none of that new development would have been possible if it weren't for Wendy Davis.”
Dan Dipert, owner of Dan Dipert Coaches, said he supports Davis, not only for her record on economic development, but also for her support of public education. “We need a leader like Senator Davis who stands up for businesses,” said Dipert. “And part of supporting business means supporting education, too. We have to have an educated workforce if Texas is going to compete for jobs.”
Senator Davis said she is honored by the overwhelming support she has received from the local business community and credited her years of working with businesses in her role as Fort Worth City Council's Economic Development Chair, and her role with the Regional Transportation Council, including a year as the RTC Chair.
“I'm extremely proud of the work we've done with the local business community, and I look forward to creating more jobs and continuing to strengthen our workforce for years to come,” said Davis “Senator Davis has been a partner in the business community for years and is well known for her leadership on economic development and job creation,” said Johnny Bennett, President of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. “As Realtors, we're in Tarrant County communities every day, talking to families, and the first thing they ask us about is schools. Our clients want to know their children are going to go to good schools.”
During her tenure on Fort Worth City Council, Wendy Davis played an integral role in the redevelopment of 7th Street, Montgomery Plaza, Lancaster Avenue and Berry Street. As State Senator for Senate District 10, she has championed numerous job creation measures, including her “Texas Jobs First” bill, which would prioritize Texas businesses in awarding state contracts; helped start and protect the Veteran's Cash lottery scratch-off game, which directly funds jobs that support veterans who are in need; and, co-authored legislation with Republican Senator Mike Jackson, ensuring job creation goals are met by companies receiving incentives funded by employers through the Texas Enterprise Fund.
Business leaders admire Davis's independence and commitment to strengthening Texas businesses and schools, and they are not the only ones. On Monday, a local group of first responders rallied behind Davis's reelection and offered her their endorsement. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram caught up with David Dodson , who was representing the Fort Worth Fire Fighters Association. Dodson told reporters the Fort Worth Fire Fighters Association was supporting Davis because “During her first term representing the citizens of Tarrant County, Sen. Davis worked side by side with first responders, making sure that we had all the tools that we needed to provide a safe environment and neighborhoods, for our citizens.”
So for those keeping score, Davis has earned the endorsements of small business leaders, Texas education leaders , Police officers , and first responders. In contrast, her opponent, Mark Shelton has earned the support of Republican politicians, the National Rifle Association, and Texans for Lawsuit Reform. Texas public servants and entrepreneurs are eager to see Davis return to Austin. Their endorsements in this race speak volumes about Senator Davis's record and the urgency of her reelection.