March 13, 2012
Last Tuesday, you may have developed an odd twitch – a strange compulsion to walk into a small, confined area and twirl a dial or press a button or (for some a tiny bit older) pull on a lever.
March 6 was supposed to be Primary Election Day in Texas. But since nothing’s ever easy, our state’s elections have been on ice for a few months (for some of the gory details, check out this write-up from a couple of months back).
Well, we’re finally getting some clarity. The filing deadline for the elections was last Friday. That was the day folks who want to run for an office had to officially file documents saying they would do so. As the dust settles, I see that I’ll have a Republican opponent when we go to the polls on November 6.
I take every campaign I’m in seriously.
It’s not just that you don’t necessarily know how things will go and you can’t take anything for granted (although you don’t, and you can’t).
It’s more that this process, our democracy, is important. Elections matter. They’re necessary and important job interviews that candidates need to go through so that voters can evaluate and compare our priorities, plans and accomplishments.
I’m looking forward to the campaign to represent District 14 (which covers about three-fourths of Travis County and all of Bastrop County) in the Texas Senate. To see a map, click on this link. And to see the statewide Senate map, click here.
I’m excited to talk about the Honesty Agenda – my effort last session to reform state government by requiring officials to be more open, honest and transparent about how they collect, manage and spend your money. We had real success last session, but more reform is needed. (Just this weekend, my work was noted in an editorial about Sunshine Week and the need for open government.)
I’m looking forward to discussing my work to make Texas the national leader in new, clean, 21st Century renewable energy just as we are in the traditional oil-and-gas field.
I’m glad for the chance to keep talking and working with small business owners to make sure the state respects the huge role they play in our economy and shows them at least as much support as it does big corporations.
I’m ready for the hard work it’ll take to find a permanent solution to the school funding crisis and create the great schools that Texas kids deserve.
And I relish the fight to restore the necessities for our seniors, kids and neighbors that the legislature wrongly cut away in the last session, and to make the common-sense investments in kids and college students that Texas’ future demands.
I’m also looking forward to talking about my record of working with folks from both parties and all persuasions to do better for Texas’ children, its seniors, its economy and its future.
That record has been recognized by Texas Monthly magazine, which has honored me for my work in each of my three sessions: naming me the state’s legislative Rookie of the Year, one of Texas’ 10 Best Legislators, and giving me a big shout out last year for my work on the Honesty Agenda.
Just in the past few months, I was honored to be recognized for my legislative accomplishments by:
More than just the awards themselves, I’m honored by the diversity of folks who’ve supported our agenda and work. It demonstrates the success I’ve had in building new and different constituencies – one of the principles that’s been a cornerstone of my time in public service.
And I’ll continue working to bring folks together – both during this campaign and in the next legislative session – around solutions that will build a better Texas.