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Israel Takes House District 50
Dems hold on to Strama's seat in special run off
DAILY News  January 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...It may have taken a while – longer than they thought or hoped – but the Democrats have held on to House District 50, with Celia Israel beating Republican Mike VanDeWalle by a three to two margin in this special election run off...."

Israel Win Gives Dems the Edge in November
Turnout impressive despite ice storms
News Story  January 31, 2014, by Christopher Hooks
"...When Celia Israel began her drive to replace North Austin's state Representative Mark Strama in House District 50, she was the worst-resourced Demo­crat in a three-way field with strong opponents. But she ended her six-month campaign Tuesday night at a victory party at the Four Seasons, feted by a wide array of Travis County Democrats, praised by lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte, and set for a trouble-free campaign to hold her seat in November in a rematch with her Republican opponent, Mike VanDeWalle...."

Background on Israel
Postmarks  February 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..."

HD 50: It's Israel vs. VanDeWalle
House race headed to run-off
News Story  November 8, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...The race to replace resigned state Rep. Mark Strama in North Austin's House Dis­trict 50 is heading for a run-off, as the lone Republican in the four-way race, Mike VanDeWalle, took 39.2% of Tuesday's vote, and Celia Israel, the leading Democrat, won 31.9%, more than her Democratic competitors Jade Chang Sheppard (15.6%) and Rico Reyes (13.3%) combined..."

Bill of the Week: Voter Registration Made Easy?
Rep. Celia Israel wants Texans to register to vote online
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Author: Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin..."

HD 50: Howls and Hugs
More detail on fundraising, final days of campaigning
DAILY News  October 31, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...With election day less than a week away in the race to replace resigned state Rep. Mark Strama in north Austin’s House District 50, rival Democrats Jade Chang Sheppard and Rico Reyes continue to put the heat on Celia Israel, who has wrapped up a healthy month of fundraising and some notable supporters...."

House District 50 Run Off Date Set
Plus the Woodlands preps for its own special election
DAILY News  November 21, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The never-ending race to replace in House District 50 has something like an end date: Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle will face off on Jan. 28..."

House District 50 Heading to Run Off
Update: VanDeWalle, Israel head to Pyrrhic second round
DAILY News  November 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The increasingly inessential race to replace Mark Strama in House District 50 drags on after an inconclusive special election tonight. Republican Mike VanDeWalle claimed a quasi-victory, but with less than 50% of the vote he heads to a run off with Democrat Celia Israel...."

HD 50: Dems Fire Away
As early voting rolls on, Dems exchange hard shots
DAILY News  October 27, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...Jade Chang Sheppard and Rico Reyes have increasingly focused their campaigns on the race’s third Democratic candidate, Celia Israel – suggesting they believe Israel is the de facto frontrunner...."

HD 50: Circular Dem Firing Squad
Rifts deepen among candidates
News Story  November 1, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...In recent weeks, Jade Chang Sheppard and Rico Reyes have increasingly focused their campaigns on the race's third Demo­crat, Celia Israel – suggesting perhaps that they consider Israel the de facto front-runner. At a televised Oct..."

HD 50: Will Dem Split Enable GOP?
Front-runners emerge in the race to replace Strama
News Story  October 4, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...Jade Chang Sheppard, the best-funded candidate, has receded from the campaign trail, and a fracture has appeared in Austin's major Hispanic Democratic organization as Rico Reyes attempts to build local support. Celia Israel, the Democrat with the least fundraising success, has nearly swept the Dem­ocratic club endorsements, while the race's lone Republican, Mike VanDeWalle, is quietly building his campaign...."

HD 50: How Many Dems Does It Take to Hold a District?
Candidates make final efforts to reach voters
News Story  October 11, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...Austin Environmental Democrats met last Friday and gave a split endorsement to Celia Israel and Rico Reyes, and on Satur­day, those candidates were joined by Jade Chang Sheppard at Austin's just-christened Asian American Resource Center. On Wednesday, the supporters of Celia Israel met at Chez Zee to shore up Israel's campaign funds in advance of the final push...."

Identity Politics Color County's Precinct 1 Race
The Ron Davis-Celia Israel showdown splits the Eastside racial and political coalition
News Story  February 13, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...On the campaign trail, Travis Co. commissioner candidate Celia Israel usually begins her stump speeches by citing the ethnic and racial population statistics of her precinct, which covers a wide, jagged swath from Central Austin (including UT), across I-35 into East and Northeast Austin, and then to Manor and the county's hinterlands beyond..."

HD 50 Run-Off Enters Final Lap
Campaigns get back into gear ahead of early voting
News Story  January 17, 2014, by Christopher Hooks
"...It could have been a real mess, but so far, things have gone smoothly for Democratic contender Celia Israel, who emerged from a heated three-way primary last year to oppose Jollyville Republican Mike VanDeWalle in the runoff election. The heavily-gerrymandered district has a Democratic slant, making Israel the favorite..."

'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  October 18, 2013
"...Would expand the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. This would remove a disincentive to the conduct of open proceedings. Texas House District 50: Celia Israel..."

Race for HD 50 Enters Stretch Run
Dem contenders work the district and proclaim confidence
DAILY News  October 7, 2013, by Christopher Hooks
"...On the campaign trail, the Austin Environmental Democrats met Friday and gave a split endorsement to Celia Israel and Rico Reyes, and on Saturday, Jade Chang Sheppard attended a candidate forum at Austin’s just-christened Asian American Resource Center. On Wednesday, the Friends of Celia Israel will be meeting at West Austin restaurant Chez Zee to shore up Israel’s campaign funds in advance of the final push...."

Right to Birth
Debate over care for pregnant jail inmates continues
News Story  February 12, 2015, by Amy Kamp
"...Although TCJS has yet to implement any of Mama Sana's recommendations, the issue has caught the attention of freshman state Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin..."

Election Notes
District 6, mobility fits, and complaints of campaign thrift
News Story  October 27, 2016, by Richard Whittaker, Mary Tuma and Michael King
"...It's All About the Money: The award for most masochistic press release of the election cycle goes to Ceasar Ruiz, the Republic­an challenging incumbent Rep. Celia Israel in House District 50..."

House Bills 1140 & 1141
Two bills would require more reporting on conditions of jails
News Story  February 12, 2015, by Amy Kamp
"...Author: Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin..."

Looking for a School Chief
AISD zigzags its way to a new superintendent
News Story  February 27, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...4. Then, he said, he got a call from AISD joint counsel Mel Waxler that Statesman editorial writer Alberta Phillips had submitted an open records request asking specifically for Saldaña's e-mail and another one, from former AISD Community Safety Task Force Co-Chair Celia Israel..."

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