Sen. Wendy Davis made her first major public address since announcing she would run for governor. She was the featured speaker at the Texas Stars Banquet in Galveston Friday night, the day before the quarterly meeting of the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC). The SDEC is comprised of representative leaders from throughout the state who help steer the party platform and advocate on the activities of the party in communities throughout Texas. Before her speech, other speakers addressed the crowd including Rep. Senfronia Thompson, Sen. Sylvia Garcia, and former Governor Mark White. Two items were live auctioned to the crowd with the funds going to the Texas Democratic Party; a Stand with Texas Women t-shirt signed by Sen. Davis and Cecile Richards and a pair of pink Mizuno running shoes signed by Sen. Davis. Both were sold for over $1,000.
Galveston District Judge Susan Criss introduced Sen. Davis; she thanked the Senator for bringing not just the state's but the nation's attention to Texas, where the blatant disregard for the rules by the governing majority was exposed. In her speech, after thanking the hosts, Sen. Davis asked if she could remove her shoes she had been wearing all day and surprised the crowd by placing her own iconic pink Mizuno running shoes on top of the podium. She told her personal story of overcoming life's challenges and how education made the difference in her life. She spoke of how she had the opportunity to seek a higher education with state financial assistance but how many of those opportunities no longer exist. She continued, saying there are too many people who do not have a voice in our state government, but she hoped she could be that voice.
Her big line of the night came when she addressed the attack that she wants to turn Texas into California. She said:
“I don't want to be California. I want to beat the hell out of California!”
Sen. Davis knows Texas doesn't play second to any other state and she is not afraid to take on any challenge or challenger and respond with action. She is ready to take her Texas fight to the governor's mansion in January 2015!