| In the special election for HD-50, Burnt Orange Report endorses Celia Israel as the best successor to Mark Strama.
In a four-way race for an empty house seat, we find Celia Israel to be the best choice in HD-50. Her Democratic bonafides are unquestionable. She worked for Governor Ann Richards and has been deeply involved in the progressive, Democratic community here in Austin for decades. She is a leader on transportation and equality for all Texans, and a staunch supporter of higher education.
Her own experiences as the first member of her family to go to college and her work in government and as an entrepreneur prepare her well to make sure the promise of Texas remains available for current and future generations.
On the campaign trail, we have seen Israel demonstrate an impressive array of policy knowledge and an awareness of the issues facing the district that will allow her to hit the ground running if elected in this special election, which will seat the winner immediately (or after a runoff, if one is necessary). We have also watched as Israel has become more confident in herself, and we think she is ready to take the step from extensive civic engagement as a volunteer to elected public service.
In the legislature, Israel will be a reliable progressive vote and will advance our shared Democratic agenda. Over her decades of extensive service in Austin, she has developed a broad network of contacts that will serve her well in office. On the balance, we find Celia Israel to be the best choice in this election. She earned a clear, outright majority of votes from members of the staff who participated in this vote.
We enthusiastically endorse Celia Israel in the special election for House District 50 and urge our readers to vote for her as the successor to Mark Strama.
Early Voting: October 21-November 1, 2013 | Election Day: Tuesday November 5
Travis County voting locations can be found HERE.
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Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races. All filed candidates were considered for this endorsement, which was made without any consultation of the candidates or their campaigns.