Texas Democratic Party ED Will Hailer: In 2014, “Democratic Candidates Offer Solutions – And Heart”

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Following the runoff results last week, stark differences between the Democratic and Republican ballots have emerged. This week in an op-ed, Executive Director of the Democratic Party Will Hailer points out the biggest differences:

This election year Texas Democrats offer voters a choice. Not between Republican vs. Democrat, not frontrunner vs. underdog, but a choice as old as Texas itself: show horse vs. workhorse. The Texas Democratic Party's ballot is packed with strong, experienced, and passionate candidates who are dedicated to building a better Texas. Weak? Absolutely not. While the Republican candidates are all fluff and show, the Democratic candidates offer solutions and heart.

Read Hailer's full Op Ed about the Democratic ticket in 2014 below the jump.

Show Horse or Workhorse? Texans Will Decide

By Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Will Hailer

This election year Texas Democrats offer voters a choice. Not between Republican vs. Democrat, not frontrunner vs. underdog, but a choice as old as Texas itself: show horse vs. workhorse. The Texas Democratic Party's ballot is packed with strong, experienced, and passionate candidates who are dedicated to building a better Texas. Weak? Absolutely not. While the Republican candidates are all fluff and show, the Democratic candidates offer solutions and heart.

Nowhere is the dichotomy between work and show as apparent as in the Lt. Governor's race. Sen. Dan Patrick offers voters no substance, only rhetoric. His job as a radio host encourages him to sit behind a microphone and talk for hours on end, but the last I checked Texans don't want an entertainer leading the Senate, creating the state budget, negotiating our future.

Where can you find Sen. Leticia Van de Putte? Behind the prescription counter at a San Antonio pharmacy, listening to the concerns of everyday Texans. She lives the way she governs: by listening first, understanding the issue and then taking action. She's known for reaching across the aisle so that Texas families and businesses have what they need to succeed. Under her watchful leadership, Texas will thrive.

Another candidate who is all hat and no cattle? Sen. Glenn Hegar. Texas' Comptroller is the state's top accountant in charge of balancing the budget. But when talking about duties of the comptroller's office, Hegar said, “the numbers get really hard.” Texans don't need someone creating revenue estimates who doesn't understand the numbers. What they need is Mike Collier – a certified public accountant with years of experience handling big budgets and numbers for businesses and corporations. He'll be an impartial financial watchdog, who makes decisions on what is best for Texas, not for a political party.

Sam Houston knows how to dig in deep and work hard for what he believes in, because that's what he has been doing for the last 26 years as an attorney in the courtroom. While his opponent Sen. Ken Paxton was fined for violating state disclosure laws, and has earned quite the reputation for using his position in the state legislature to increase his personal wealth. Houston is determined to put Texas first, a refreshing change of pace for the office Republicans treat as a political stepping stone.

These candidates are just the start of an amazing slate. From our top of the ticket in Sen. Wendy Davis, to our local Justice of the Peace candidates, our slate has the passion, record, and drive to win. We encouraged them to run for office because we know that they have the experience and integrity to lead.  

They are Texas Democrats, workhorses not show horses. Election day is coming, but there is still plenty of time to really get to know these democratic candidates, candidates who believe in the Texas Promise that no matter the color of your skin, your gender, where you come from, or whom you love, in Texas you have a shot to succeed.

Will Hailer is the Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party. The Texas Democratic Party stands on the shoulders of giants like Lyndon B. Johnson, Barbara Jordan and Ann Richards. The Texas Democratic Party works across the state to promote Democratic values and elect democratic candidates at all levels of government to fulfill our Texas Promise to the next generation. Follow the Texas Democrats on twitter @TXDemParty and online at www.texasdemocrats.org.

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Genevieve Cato

Genevieve Cato is a feminist activist and a native Texan. While not writing for the Burnt Orange Report, she can be found working for State Rep. Mary Gonzalez under the pink dome, serving as a community member of the Communications Committee for the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, and drinking copious amounts of pretentious local craft beers.

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