Celia Israel Heads to HD-50 Run-Off with New Endorsements

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On election day, Celia Israel became the top Democratic candidate for the Texas House District 50 seat and advanced to a run-off with Republican Mike VanDeWalle.



Israel won the endorsements of Burnt Orange Report, the Austin Chronicle, and Capital Area Progressive Democrats for the regular election. Now, she has added more progressive leaders and organizations to her growing list of supporters, including Annie's List and the Texas League of Conservation Voters, in preparation for the Jan. 28 run-off.

The winner of the run-off will serve the remainder of former Democratic Rep. Mike Strama's term while simultaneously campaigning for the 2014 primary and regular election. So far, only Israel and VanDeWalle have filed for the March primary.

Early voting for the HD-50 run-off occurs from January 20-24. The run-off will take place on January 28.

Read below the jump for Celia Israel's new endorsements.Annie's List, a Texas organization dedicated to electing Democratic women, endorsed Celia Israel this week. Here's what Emmy Ruiz, political director, had to say:

Celia served under Governor Ann Richards and has been responsible for recruiting the best and brightest individuals to public service. As a former board member of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Celia has increased education and civic engagement in public policy. And she has empowered girls and women as a Gen Austin board member and past president of YWCA.

Annie's List Executive Director Grace Garcia added:

Celia is the woman to make our voices heard in the Capitol. In her more than 30 years in Austin, she has tackled community issues from transportation to school safety. She knows working with the community is the key to success – that's the kind of leader we need in Austin.

The Texas League of Conservation Voters PAC, which supports pro-conservation candidates dedicated to protecting the environment, also endorsed Celia this week:

Celia's experience in finding solutions to environmental, public health and public safety challenges ranges from her work with the City of Austin Environmental Board, Alliance for Public Transportation, The Robert Mueller Advisory Commission, and Worker's Defense Project.  She understands there are critical decisions facing House District 50 on matters of urban rail, bus rapid transit, water conservation and solid waste disposal, and has demonstrated a command of these issues and advanced pragmatic solutions to these challenges.

The Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers PAC, in its first endorsement ever, supported Celia publicly as well:

The PAC's mission is to influence Texas public policy by working to elect candidates that support civil justice and fair access to the judicial system. Israel has a long and established track record in business and public service, having served as a board member of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as a former president of the YMCA. Israel is TACL's first ever political endorsement.

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Natalie is a native Texan, a feminist, and a writer, focusing on reproductive justice, race, and pop culture. When she's not writing (and sometimes when she is), she's brewing beer, drinking beer, and reading stuff on the Internet. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, xoJane, The Billfold, Culturemap, and E3W Review of Books. She tweets from @nsanluis.

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