HD 50 http://kut.org en Democrat Celia Israel Wins HD 50 Runoff http://kut.org/post/democrat-celia-israel-wins-hd-50-runoff <p>Voters in northeast Travis County have a new state representative. Democrat Celia Israel <a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/content/images/election_results/2014.01.28/Run6/20140128d50cume.pdf">won last night’s special election</a> runoff to fill out the remainder of former state Rep Mark Strama’s term.</p><p><a href="http://celiaisrael.com/">Israel</a>, a Democratic activist, had finished 2nd&nbsp;in the November special election. But while she lost by about 8 percentage points to <a href="http://www.drmikefortexas.com/">Republican Mike VanDeWalle</a>, the three Democrats running in that election took nearly 60 percent of the vote combined. And as the votes came in last night, once again 60 percent of the district picked a Democrat.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131951009&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:28:53 +0000 Ben Philpott 9665 at http://kut.org Democrat Celia Israel Wins HD 50 Runoff What Weather Closures Mean for Central Texas' HD 50 Special Election http://kut.org/post/what-weather-closures-mean-central-texas-hd-50-special-election <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican </span><a href="http://www.drmikefortexas.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike VanDeWalle</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Democrat </span><a href="http://celiaisrael.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Celia Israel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> face off in a special election for District 50 today.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:36:52 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9659 at http://kut.org What Weather Closures Mean for Central Texas' HD 50 Special Election Starting Next Week, HD 50 Voters Head to the Polls for Special Election http://kut.org/post/starting-next-week-hd-50-voters-head-polls-special-election <p>Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle <a href="http://kut.org/post/hd-50-special-election-headed-january-runoff-update" target="_blank">emerged as the leaders</a> in a <a href="http://kut.org/post/meet-candidates-hd-50-special-election" target="_blank">four person race in November</a>. VanDeWalle leads the pack with about 39 percent of the vote. On election night, he said the win was driven by energy from Republicans who want a change after nine years of <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-rep-mark-strama-resigns-run-google-fiber-rollout-update" target="_blank">Democrat Mark Strama</a>.</p><p>“Yes I think there’s been a pent up excitement waiting to happen," VanDeWalle&nbsp;told KUT. "And I think we’re seeing it now.”&nbsp;</p><p>But the concern for VanDeWalle’s campaign is that the November victory could be his ceiling—the remaining 61 percent of voters picked one of the three Democrats in the race. With Israel getting the majority of that support, the long-time Democratic activist and real estate agent knows a special election runoff brings its own set of problems for her.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129371912&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 9534 at http://kut.org Starting Next Week, HD 50 Voters Head to the Polls for Special Election HD 50 Special Election Headed for a January Runoff (Update) http://kut.org/post/hd-50-special-election-headed-january-runoff-update <p class="p1"><strong>Update:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.drmikefortexas.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike VanDeWalle</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;lead a crowded field in the race to finish out Mark </span>Strama's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Austin) term as State Representative. But the local chiropractor only </span><a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/content/images/election_results/2013.11.05/Run06/20131105d50cume.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">hovered around 40 percent</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the vote.</span></p><p>VanDeWalle was the only Republican in the race. So even though he came in first he’s still easily trails the cumulative Democratic vote. That’s something VanDeWalle knows his team will have to address during the runoff.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:09:44 +0000 KUT Staff 9102 at http://kut.org HD 50 Special Election Headed for a January Runoff (Update)