Democrat Wendy Davis officially files to run for House of Representatives in Central Texas

Texas Politics

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Democrat challenger to a Texas Representative has filed to run in a race that went down to the wire last year.

On Wednesday morning, Wendy Davis officially filed to run in Texas’ 21st congressional district, which covers parts of Austin, parts of San Antonio and much of the Hill Country.

Davis was surrounded by campaign supporters and volunteers as she submitted more than 1,600 signatures from Texans to back up her campaign.

She will pose a direct challenge to Republican Representative Chip Roy, who narrowly won the district in 2018.

Davis said “I’m running for Congress to be a voice for families who have struggled in silence with unaffordable health care and prescription drug prices, skyrocketing college tuition, schools that aren’t adequately funded and less safe than they should be, and without the clean air and water that our kids deserve.”

The seat has been in Republican hands for decades, but Roy defeated Democratic challenger Joseph Kopser by just two points last year.

Davis lost to Greg Abbott in her run for governor of Texas in 2014 after gaining political momentum from her 11-hour filibuster attempt to block legislation requiring abortion clinics to have hospital-like standards.

Prior to her gubernatorial race, Davis was State Senator from the Dallas-Fort Worth area since Jan. 2009.

Roy also filed on Monday, kicking off his campaign for re-election.

“The American people deserve a Congress that is working for them. Working to reduce the price of healthcare. Working to secure the border. Working to balance the budget,” Roy said in an interview with KXAN.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Davis has received $940,000 in donations with $604,000 left on hand to spend. Roy has received $1.2 million with $1.1 million remaining to spend.

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