Four days after announcing last Thursday that she's running for governor, Senator Wendy Davis released her first campaign ad on Monday. The web piece, called “A Texas Story,” tells Davis' story of hardship and hard work, her vision for Texas, and includes testimonials from Texans about the strong leader she is.
The ad, which runs about four and a half minutes long, hits hard and gives Texans a very clear idea of what Wendy Davis offers.
“My mom started out, like many folks do, in a very tough spot. She was raised by a single mother with a sixth grade education, she married young and by nineteen was divorced and raising me as a single mother. You know how they say everything is bigger in Texas – well, that certainly wasn't the case for the trailer we lived in,” Davis' daughter Amber says in the ad.
“She could have buckled under but instead she buckled down and enrolled into community college, graduated from TCU, got herself into Harvard Law School, became a very successful businessperson, got elected to the Fort Worth City Council, and then the State Senate.”
Watch the ad, and read more, below the jump.The opportunities Davis made the most of are “why public service is so important” to her – “to help assure that success and opportunity are within reach of every single Texan.”
Charlotte Berell, who has taught public school in Texas for 25 years, tells of how Davis fought successfully to restore significant public education funding after it was slashed brutally at the Capitol. Fort Worth businessperson Nina Petti says that on the City Council, “Wendy was a leader. She was a champion for revitalizing our community and creating thousands of good jobs.”
Prosecutor Terri Moore talks about how much Davis' bipartisan push to test rape kits has given law enforcement across the state an essential tool for fighting crime. Veteran Joe Alviar, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, talks about how Davis ensured that there was counseling and job placement help for returning Texas veterans. “What Wendy Davis brought me and my family was security; we were going to be able to make it once we got out of the army.”
Here's the ad: