Women Leaders in Austin Join Growing List of Texas Endorsements for Clinton

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Hillary Clinton is pretty popular in Texas these days.

Here at Burnt Orange Report, we have covered Wendy Davis’ endorsement of the candidate. The former state senator is on a list of supporters including her previous running mate, Leticia Van de Putte. And that list continues to grow.

Today in Austin, thirty-three current and former elected officials announced their support for Clinton in the upcoming primary in March. All thirty three are women.

“We are honored to endorse Secretary Clinton for president,” said Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool (D-7). “For Austinites, the upcoming 2016 election is about making a difference. We are coming together on Monday morning to send a loud voice to voters: your vote makes a difference and together we can make our communities better for future generations.”

The full list of Clinton endorsers from today’s announcement can be found at the bottom of this post.

In October, the Clinton campaign announced a list of ninety prominent Democrats who had endorsed the candidate and formed the Hillary for Texas Leadership Council.

State Representative Donna Howard, who reaffirmed her support at the endorsement this morning, released a statement in October detailing her support for Clinton:

    I continue to be impressed with the depth and breadth of Hillary Clinton’s knowledge, expertise and insights regarding both domestic and international issues. Her competence and collaborative approach to crafting policies and solutions that are in the best interests of all Americans make her the best choice for president of the United States. And it’s icing on the cake that she will be the first woman to hold that office, ushering in a new era for my daughters and all women in this great country.

Wendy Davis’ early October endorsement of Clinton focused not only on her experience, but also on her history with the Lone Star State. “She’s been loyal to this state,” Davis said, “and I expect that this state’s going to be loyal to her.”

While recent electoral results, including the 2014 gubernatorial election and the more recent defeat of HERO in Houston, may cause some – namely the Texas GOP – to question the importance of Texas Democrats in the upcoming election, any such assumptions would be incredibly shortsighted.

Thanks to a recent change in Texas’ primary policy, the winner of Texas’ primary on Super Tuesday this March will walk away with 250 delegates towards their nomination as the party’s candidate.

Today’s announcement brings these women leaders in Austin into a growing group of prominent Texas Democrats committed to helping Clinton secure such a win in the Texas primary.

Full list of Austin endorsers from this morning below:

    Hon. Valinda Bolton – Past State Representative, House District 47
    Hon. Valarie Bristol – Past Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 3
    Hon. Gigi Bryant – Austin Community College, Trustee, Place 2
    Hon. Cecelia Burke – Past Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector
    Hon. Dolores Ortega Carter – Travis County Treasurer
    Hon. Sheryl Cole – Past Mayor Pro Tem, Austin City Council Member, Place 2
    Hon. Sarah Eckhardt – Travis County Judge
    Montserrat Garribay – Vice President, Education Austin
    Hon. Jackie Goodman – Past Mayor Pro Tem, Austin City Council Member, Place 3
    Hon. Sherri Greenberg – Past State Representative, House District 48
    Hon. Beverly Griffith – Past Austin City Council Member
    Hon. Delia Garza – Austin City Council Member, District 2
    Hon. Sally Hernandez – Travis Constable, Precinct 3
    Hon. Ann Heuberger – Del Valle ISD, Trustee, District 1
    Hon. Gina Hinojosa – Austin ISD Board President, Trustee, At Large Place 8
    Hon. Donna Howard – State Representative, House District 48
    Hon. Dr. Betty Hwang – Austin Community College, Trustee, Place 8
    Hon. Celia Israel – State Representative, House District 50
    Hon. Ann Kitchen – Austin City Council Member, District 5
    Hon. Dr. Emma Lou Linn – Past Austin City Council Member
    Hon. Dr. Nan McRaven – Austin Community College, Trustee, Place 3
    Hon. Barbara Mink – ACC Board Secretary, Trustee, Place 7
    Hon. Laura Morrison – Past Austin City Council Member, Place 4
    Katie Naranjo – Democratic National Committee Member
    Hon. Kendall Pace – Austin ISD, Trustee, At Large Place 9
    Hon. Leslie Pool – Austin City Council Member, District 7
    Hon. Velva Price – Travis County District Clerk
    Hon. Brigid Shea – Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2
    Hon. Karen Sonleitner – Past Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2
    Hon. Lupe Sosa – Austin Community College, Trustee, Place 2
    Hon. Ann Teich – Austin ISD, Trustee, District 3
    Hon. Dr. Kathie Tovo – Mayor Pro Tem, Austin City Council Member, District 9
    Hon. Yasmin Wagner – Austin ISD, Trustee, District 7
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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 NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, 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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