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Overview

Who & Where

Mark Strama

District Outlook
On February 20, 2013, Representative Strama announced that he would not be seeking re-election, offering advance notice so that candidates for his seat had ample time to campaign. At the time, there was speculation that Strama might run for mayor of Austin after retiring from the House. As candidates began announcing plans to replace the incumbent, Strama announced on June 26 announced his resignation from the House in order to work for Google Fiber, which had announced on April 9, 2013 that the company would expand services to Austin. Governor Rick Perry announced a Special Election date of November 5 to elect Strama's successor.

The final filings for the contest are as follows:

  • Jade Chang Sheppard (D)
  • Celia Israel (D)
  • Rico Reyes (D)
  • Mike Vandewalle (R)

Donald Dean, Sherry Prestine Cherry, Michael Cargill were rumored to have sought the GOP nomination, but did not file. Democrat Ramey Ko is planning to run in the 2014 Democratic Primary due to the inability to establish residency in time for the Special Election.

District Map

Population & Demographics

Total Pop. 18+ Pop. CVAP
Total 166,516 124,252 100,075
Anglo 47.5% 52.0% 61.6%
Hispanic 28.8% 25.3% 18.1%
Afr-Am 12.8% 11.7% 10.9%
Other 11.7% 11.5%
Asian 7.6%

2012 Election Analysis

92,681 Registered Voters
12,904 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
59,061 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
U.S. President Mitt Romney 38.8% Barack Obama 57.8%
U.S. Senate Ted Cruz 37.5% Paul Sadler 56.7%
RR Commish Christi Craddick 38.3% Dale Henry 52.2%
Supreme Court Nathan Hecht 36.3% Michele Petty 56.3%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Sharon Keller 37.9% Keith Hampton 56.0%
State Representative Mark Strama 100.0%

2010 Election Analysis

92,797 Registered Voters
12,349 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
35,030 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
Governor Rick Perry 40.3% Bill White 55.9%
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst 46.9% Linda Chavez-Thompson 47.3%
Attorney General Greg Abbott 50.4% Barbara Radnofsky 45.8%
Comptroller Susan Combs 69.4%
Land Commish Jerry Patterson 46.1% Hector Uribe 49.1%
Ag. Commish Todd Staples 45.6% Hank Gilbert 49.2%
RR Commish David Porter 42.7% Jeff Weems 50.3%
Supreme Court Debra Lehrmann 45.0% Jim Sharp 50.2%
Supreme Court Paul Green 43.8% Bill Moody 51.3%
Supreme Court Eva Guzman 44.8% Blake Bailey 49.2%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Michael Keasler 44.1% Keith Hampton 51.0%

Redistricting

2011 Redistricting

2001 Redistricting

News Results

Celia Israel, Mike VanDeWalle face off in House District 50 ? again - Austin American-Statesman

Celia Israel, Mike VanDeWalle face off in House District 50 ? again
Austin American-Statesman
Mark Strama, D-Austin, announced in February 2013 that he would be quitting politics to join Google Fiber in Austin, there have been four races for his abandoned North Austin seat: a special election, a runoff, party primaries and now Tuesday's general ...

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Google Fiber to launch in Austin in December - Austin American-Statesman

Top Tech News

Google Fiber to launch in Austin in December
Austin American-Statesman
Signups will begin in December for new users in South and Southeast Austin, said Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber's Austin operations. At 1 gigabit, the service is more than 100 times faster than today's typical broadband Internet access and lets a ...
South and Southeast Austin to Get Google 1 Gigabit Internet in DecemberSilicon Hills News
Google Fiber sets Austin launch date for DecemberUT The Daily Texan
Google Fiber targets December to begin Austin installationsCommunity Impact Newspaper
KEYE TV -Austin Post -Austin Business Journal
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Israel, VanDeWalle Head Into Rematch in HD-50 - Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune

Israel, VanDeWalle Head Into Rematch in HD-50
Texas Tribune
The seat, representing parts of North Austin and Pflugerville, opened up after the 2013 legislative session when Democrat Mark Strama resigned to take a job with Google Fiber. Israel thumped VanDeWalle 59 percent to 41 percent in their last face-off on ...

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