HALTOM CITY (October 3, 2013)—State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, announced her candidacy for governor of Texas Thursday.
In an e-mail to supporters, Davis promised to represent the interests of middle-class residents, focusing on education, economic development and health care.
She was scheduled to make a formal announcement later in the day at a rally in Haltom City.
The Fort Worth lawmaker came to national attention in June for her nearly 13-hour filibuster that helped temporarily block new statewide abortion restrictions.
The law later passed.
Since the filibuster, Democratic activists have called on Davis to break a 20-year losing streak for Texas governor.
Attorney General Greg Abbott is the front-runner for the Republican nomination.
He's raised $25 million.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement Thursday calling Davis “the candidate for governor Texans deserve.”
Over the next year you will continue to see grassroots energy and engagement like you've never seen before in Texas,” he said.
“We're all ready to knock on doors, make the calls, talk to our neighbors, and raise the money required so that Wendy Davis will be elected the next governor of Texas."
Davis, at this point, has a little more than $1 million.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry is not seeking re-election.