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HD 50 Special Election Candidate Snapshot

Fri., Sept. 6, 2013

HD 50 Special Election Candidate Snapshot

Democratic Candidates

Celia Israel (www.celiaisrael.com)

* Political activist, realtor

* Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Chair

* Active in Alliance for Public Transportation, Stonewall Democrats, Sustainable Food Center, Capital Area Food Bank, Robert Mueller Redevelopment Committee

* Priority issues: higher ed, health care, defend the vote, public transportation

* Notable endorsements: Ann Kitchen, Betty Dunkerley, Bruce Todd, Dianne Henson, Eddie Rodriguez, Greg Hamilton, Gus Garcia, Karen Sonleitner, Margo Frasier, Mike Martinez, Valinda Bolton


HD 50 Special Election Candidate Snapshot

Rico Reyes (www.ricoreyes.com)

* Attorney, former Travis Co. Asst. District Attorney

* U.S. Marine veteran and reservist, worked with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Veterans' Intervention Project

* Priority issues: public education, health care, middle-class jobs

* Notable endorsements: Travis County Sheriffs' Association, former Houston Mayor Bill White, Pflugerville Mayor Pro Tem Victor Gonzales*, former Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, former state Senator Gonzalo Barrientos

*Correction: Pflugerville Mayor Pro Tem Victor Gonzales was initially listed in error as the "former" Mayor Pro Tem; he remains in the office


HD 50 Special Election Candidate Snapshot

Jade Chang Sheppard (www.jadechangsheppard.com)

* CEO, Gideon Contracting (San Antonio), realtor

* Active in Planned Parenthood (board), Austin Children's Shelter, Texas Lyceum, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Resource Center

* Priority issues: women's health care, public and higher ed, entrepreneurship and economic development

* Notable endorsements: None yet announced

Republican Candidates

HD 50 Special Election Candidate Snapshot

Michael Cargill*[See Update Sept. 6: did not file] (www.cargillfortexas.com)

* Owner, Central Texas Gun Works

* Active in libertarian politics, Texans for Accountable Government

* Priority issues: expanding gun rights, anti-abortion, closing Sunset Farms landfill

* Notable endorsements: On Sept. 5, Cargill endorsed Mike VanDeWalle


HD 50 Special Election Candidate Snapshot

Mike VanDeWalle (www.drmikefortexas.com)

* Chiropractor, businessman

* Active in Austin ISD athletics and Olympics medical support, Austin Baptist Church

* Priority Issues: business deregulation, lower taxes/cut spending, "defense of life and liberty"

* Notable endorsements: Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Chiropractic Assn.

Also Campaigning

HD 50 Special Election Candidate Snapshot

Ramey Ko (www.rameyko.com)

* Not eligible for special election; anticipating March primary

* Attorney, Municipal Court Assoc. Judge, UT lecturer, public safety commissioner

* Active in Asian American Resource Center, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce

* Priority issues: economic development, public education, transportation

* Notable endorsements: None yet announced

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