Background on Israel

RECEIVED Wed., Feb. 18, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Your recent story by Amy Smith, "Identity Politics Color County's Precinct 1 Race," [News, Feb. 13] discussed county commissioner Precinct 1 incumbent Ron Davis and his three challengers including Celia Israel.
   The article's focus is on the ethnic background of the candidates and county Precinct 1 voters. I think, however, most readers and voters are more interested and better served if the article had also included a discussion of the candidates' backgrounds.
   Celia Israel is a registered lobbyist whose principal client was the Association of Electric Companies of Texas. During the 77th and 78th legislative sessions (2001-2003), the AECT opposed legislation that is considered pro-consumer and pro-environment, but would allow two radioactive waste dumps in Texas.
   Recently, local Democratic clubs held a coordinated meeting and recorded the questions and candidates' responses. Celia Israel was asked about her involvement with AECT and its legislative agenda. She said that she was "proud of her association" with them. See www.capdemocrats.org.
   I really do not think that this relationship has been explored either by the media or explained by the candidate. My question is, "If elected, how will Celia Israel change her agenda from representing an industry with this legislative track record to representing Precinct 1, with its environmental and consumer issues?"
Susan Daniels
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