With little surprise but abounding excitement state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her bid to run in the 2014 governor’s race.
It was a 13-hour filibuster Davis into the national spotlight, but that was not the message she had for the crowd of almost 2,000 supporters.
"Texas deserves better than failed leaders who dole out favors to friends and cronies behind closed doors," Davis said. "Texas has waited far too long for a governor who understand that quid pro quo shouldn’t be the status quo. It’s time for a governor who believes you don’t have buy a place in Texas future."
Davis steered away from the abortion topic entirely, choosing rather to focus on providing Texans better access to healthcare, education and jobs. She also focused on taking a bi-partisan approach and referenced the current federal government shutdown as something that would not be a part of her governorship.
"When people had the same idea about something they wanted but different ideas of how to get there, I would ask them to sit down at a table work with respect and an open mind and hash out a solution," she said. "Because real leaders know real problems deserve real solution."
Davis told the crowd that she needed their help on every level.
"If you want a governor who will speak for everyone, then every Texans needs to be a part of getting that governor elected," she said. "It’s quite simple, the Texas we need, needs you. I need you. I need your help, I need your support, I need your prayers and in the months ahead I’m going to be asking for your vote."
Davis' message was simple: Until there are economic equalities, greater access to healthcare and an education in Texas, she said she "will keep going."