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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, September 12 - 22: Sen. Davis Sets a Date, Rep. Lewis Retires

by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT

Welcome to our first weekly round up of election news in the state of Texas! It has been a big week, with the launch of our candidate trackers. Burnt Orange Report is currently watching 223 of the partisan races that will appear on the November 2014 general election ballots throughout the state of Texas. Every Monday morning, this column will recap all the changes made to our elections charts and other significant elections news we covered in the previous week.

The big news last week: Sen. Wendy Davis announced October 3rd will be the date when we find out what office she will seek in 2014. Previously, Sen. Davis had said she had limited her options to Governor or re-election to the Texas Senate. In ten short days, we will finally know!

On Friday afternoon, State Rep. Tryon Lewis (R-Odessa) announced he would retire from the Texas House at the end of his current term. Rep. Lewis will have only served three terms in the Texas House and currently serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence. Before his election in 2008, Rep. Lewis was a State District Judge for over twenty years. This means, House District 81, where President Obama got 24.18% in 2014, will be open in next year's general election.

Click after the jump to see the 44 other changes made on the ratings charts this week, including the 23 lawmakers Burnt Orange Report confirmed are seeking re-election in 2014.

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Sandra VuLe Announce for House District 112

by: Matt Glazer

Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 02:08 PM CST

As the filing deadline rapidly approaches, Sandra Phuong VuLe, a veteran family advocate and community lawyer has launched her campaign for the Texas House in District 112.

"Our community's challenge is to choose the kind of steady leadership that will bring about positive change," VuLe said.  "I'm ready to meet that challenge."

VuLe is running as the Democrat to take the place of anti-Craddick and former Speaker candidate Fred Hill.

She has highlighted protecting and improving public schools, bringing classroom teachers salaries up to at least the national average, and making college more affordable for middle-class families as her top priorities.

"I want to ensure that the American Dream I have lived is still within reach for the families and children of District 112," VuLe said.  "Let's put families first and politics last."

According to her release, VuLe has done extensive volunteer work through the Dallas Bar Association which includes teaching elementary school students about the law and the U.S. Constitution and participating in a mentoring program for area high school students, many of whom hope to become the first in their families to go to college.

VuLe currently serves as the Vice-President of the Vietnamese American Community of Greater Dallas and is an incoming board member of the Greater Dallas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce.  She also served on the advisory council for the Garland Chief of Police.

VuLe has her own law practice in Garland and is a co-host of a satellite TV show broadcast throughout the U.S. and Canada addressing legal and family issues.

House District 112 has not had a serious Democrat run in a few years.  Brian Booker, who ran in 2004 received 35% of the vote and didn't spend any money.  With the tides of change in the Democratic Party's favor, an exciting Presidential year, and sweeping Democratic victories in seats like HD-97, a strong candidate like VuLe could mean another win in the DFW area.

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