Today, I am excited to share with our readers what will be a permanent staple of Burnt Orange Report for the rest of the 2014 election cycle, and hopefully, will serve as a template for future cycles.
When Burnt Orange Report's Editor-in-Chief, Katherine Haenschen, asked me to join as a writer this summer, I had a dream to make this website a central election hub for partisan election data in Texas. We have spent months behind the scenes gathering information on candidates who are running for office in 2014; whether they are incumbents, challengers, or third parties.
With the December 9th filing deadline less than three months away, we are now ready to make this information available to the public.
We are looking at all of Texas' partisan statewide and legislative races and want Texas voters to know have the opportunity to know what options will be on their ballots before the filing deadlines have passed. This public data may even encourage some voters to run for office themselves!
After the jump, are links to all of our spreadsheets, an explanation of our charts, and our vision for this project.You can see the data charts at the following links:
These pages are also linked on the right-hand sidebar and will be accessible from every page on Burnt Orange Report.
Every chart contains basic information including the office name and district number (if needed), the partisanship of the incumbent, if the incumbent has stated their re-election plans, and a list of Democratic, Republican, and third party candidates whom have declared for each office. In the chart, incumbents are named first and are noted with an (I) following their name; all other candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Third parties will have their party listed after their name; Libertarians with a (L), Greens with a (G), and others with an (O).
These charts will be updated as information is given to Burnt Orange Report. Changes will be listed the following Monday morning in a weekly elections digest post. This information will be mainly crowdsourced, so if you know of anything that is missing from our chart, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me (with a linked source) what I missed.
This is just the first step for us. We have more exciting elections projects in the pipeline that will, hopefully, be a permanent fixture at Burnt Orange Report for years to come. I am so proud this information is finally out there and available for anyone. When I joined as a staff writer, this is exactly what I wanted to contribute to this website and I hope it will be used and built upon by future Burnt Orange Elections writers.
Welcome to Burnt Orange Elections. This is just the first step.