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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%

2014 Election Analysis

102,584 Registered Voters
15,403 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
39,704 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
US Senate John Cornyn 40.3% David Alameel 53.1%
Governor Greg Abbott 37.5% Wendy Davis 59.4%
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick 36.8% Leticia Van de Putte 57.4%
Attorney General Ken Paxton 36.6% Sam Houston 56.3%
Comptroller Glen Hegar 37.0% Mike Collier 56.4%
Land Commish George P. Bush 38.8% John Cook 54.3%
Ag. Commish Sid Miller 37.0% Jim Hogan 54.4%
RR Commish Ryan Sitton 36.3% Steve Brown 54.9%
Supreme Court Nathan Hecht 38.5% Bill Moody 55.9%
Supreme Court Jeff Brown 38.6% Lawrence Meyers 55.3%
Supreme Court Jeff Boyd 37.1% Gina Benavides 56.7%
Supreme Court Phil Johnson 54.3%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Bert Richardson 38.0% John Granberg 55.9%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Kevin Patrick Yeary 52.7%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals David Newell 54.4%
State Representative Mike VanDeWalle 37.1% Celia Israel 58.7%

January 28th Runoff Special Election

Candidate Votes  %
Celia Israel 6,275 59.7%
Mike VanDeWalle 4,245 40.3%
Total Votes 10,520

November 5th (2013) Special Election

Candidate Votes  %
Jade Chang Sheppard 2,335 15.6%
Celia Israel 4,755 31.8%
Rico Reyes 1,993 13.3%
Mike VanDeWalle 5,853 39.2%
Total Votes 14,936

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%


2011 Redistricting

2001 Redistricting

News Results

County lawsuit at heart of new law - Times Record News
Times Record News
County lawsuit at heart of new lawTimes Record NewsCelia Israel, D-Travis County. ?The Wichita County case got the attention of the victim's family, who got the attention of advocates, who got the attention of the Legislature,? Israel said. ?This tragedy sends a strong message to jails to be more ...
The Strangest of Bedfellows: On Celia Israel and the Pastor Protection Act - Austin American-Statesman (blog)
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
The Strangest of Bedfellows: On Celia Israel and the Pastor Protection ActAustin American-Statesman (blog)?I've heard of strange political bedfellows,? Ellis said on the Senate floor. ?This has been the strangest bed I've ever slept in.? OK. But a day earlier, across the Rotunda in the House, there was the bed that Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, found ...and more »
Rep. Israel releases statement on HB 4105 - Dallas Voice
Dallas Voice
Rep. Israel releases statement on HB 4105Dallas VoiceRep. Celia Israel, who worked tirelessly to kill HB 4105, the only anti-LGBT bill to make it to the Texas House floor, released a statement moments after midnight: ?I am relieved that the Texas House was not forced to entertain a mean-spirited ...TXLEGE: After midnight marathon, game of deadlines beginsKVUETexas Democrats Stall, Run Out The Clock On Republican Anti-Gay Marriage BillPoliticusUSATexas gay marriage bill faces setbackDenton Record Chronicleall 248 news articles »


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