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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

Gigabit in Austin - CultureMap Austin

Gigabit in Austin
CultureMap Austin
Mark Strama, the head of the Google Fiber rollout in Austin, was scheduled to speak but canceled due to laryngitis. Many are speculating when and where Google Fiber will first roll out, and AT&T is still looking to launch Gigapower later in 2014 ...

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Riley and Tovo Join the Mix: Incumbents enter and 10-1 Races Begin to Take ... - Austin Chronicle

Austin Chronicle

Riley and Tovo Join the Mix: Incumbents enter and 10-1 Races Begin to Take ...
Austin Chronicle
Mark Strama, lives in Allandale and says he is studying District 7 and considering a run. Pete Salazar Jr., formerly an employment specialist at Caritas of Austin, resigned earlier this year to run for Council. He designated a treasurer in February ...

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Checking in with Google Fiber: Where (and when) will the first "fiberhoods ... - CultureMap Austin

Checking in with Google Fiber: Where (and when) will the first "fiberhoods ...
CultureMap Austin
Mark Strama, the former Texas representative who left politics to head Google Fiber in Austin, also emphasized plans for citywide "fiberhoods" on his blog. In November, Strama wrote, "When I first walked into the Google Fiber office, I was surprised by ...

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