Dallas, TX, United States (4E) – Texas state Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) declared Thursday she was running for governor.
Davis made the announcement to a crowd of 1,000 people at the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City past 5 p.m.
“Texas deserves a leader who understands that making education a priority creates good jobs and keeps Texas on top. Texas deserves a leader who will fight this fight for the future of Texas. And for me, that fight is personal,” Davis said in her speech, according to Dallasnews.com.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican also gunning for the governorship, welcomed Davis’ candidacy through his press secretary Avdiel Huerta. Abbott will figure in a March GOP primary with former Texas Republican Party Chairman Tom Pauken and the winner will be Davis’ opponent in next year’s election.
Davis’ announcement came more than three months after she filibustered a bill limiting abortion in the state. She was able to delay the passage of the bill after her 11-hour filibuster lasted until midnight at a special session of the state assembly. But Gov. Rick Perry called another special session and the Senate Bill 5 was eventually passed in July.
Texas has not elected a statewide Democratic candidate since 1994. The last Democratic governor was Ann Richards, who was elected in 1990.