Thursday, October 31, 2013

When you have to explain your Halloween costume…

Today is Halloween, one of my favorite holidays of the year! I love dressing in costume. As a matter of fact, I have more than one costume to wear today. It does bother me that, as a Texan (from Fort Worth, no less!), a woman, and an educator, I’ve actually had to explain my work costume…to other educated people. The pink shoes should have been a major give away to anyone who has paid attention to anything going on in this state for the last 5 months.

I feel like I need to wear a nametag that says, “Hello, My name is Wendy Davis, and I’m running for Governor.” Wendy, who is the most passionate cheerleader of public education the state has seen in a very long time, is not recognizable to educators. If “all politics is local,” then we need to make sure everyone can recognize their local politicians and know what they stand for (which is to say, more than just “Oh, she’s a Democrat,” or “Yep, he’s a Republican”). These are the people who make the decisions that most affect our lives, so to not know someone as influential as a state senator and gubernatorial candidate…well, it’s just sad to me.

She’s more than just a pair of pink shoes speaking for 11 hours about abortion and women’s health. She’s not a one-issue candidate. Take a look. Also, check out her competition. Know the issues…all of them…then decide. The fact that so many educated people are so uninformed leads me to believe that the rest of the state is either just as badly informed or…not at all!

We have a year, Texas. A long, long year.

If you don’t know Wendy, here’s her campaign video explaining who she is in less than 5 minutes.

Here’s what the Texas Observer has to say about her chances of winning in red state Texas: