September 6, 2013


What was potentially a very crowded field narrowed down to four – for now.

There will be four Democrats and one Republican vying for the North Austin State House District formerly represented by Mark Strama, but one of those Democrats will have to wait until next year to enter the race.

Several sharp QR readers noted on Thursday that our report included names of some who had been only rumored to be running or had only taken some of the steps necessary to be on the ballot. That’s true. When we posted, the filing deadline had not passed.

Now, we know for sure who’s going to be on the ball

ot for the special election. But, as we noted yesterday, the special is only the beginning: Another Democrat who recently moved to the district, Ramey Ko, has said he’ll run in the March primary when he’ll have lived in HD 50 long enough to be eligible.

The Democrats now locked in for the special election are Jade Chang Sheppard and Celia Israel, who both live in Austin, as well as Rico Reyes of Pflugerville. The lone Republican is Mike VanDeWalle of Austin.

Voters in HD 50 – stretching from North Austin over to Elgin – may very well suffer from election fatigue when this is all said and done, as there is the possibility they will vote as many as five times before Strama’s successor is sworn in for the 2015 session of the Lege. The district is considered by most to be a safe Democratic seat. It went for President Obama last year by a margin of 58 to 39.

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