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Celia Israel

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Celia Israel
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Texas House of Representatives, District 50
Incumbent
In office
February 12, 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
First electedJanuary 28, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Celia Israel is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 50. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on January 28, 2014.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Israel's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Supporting Higher Education

  • Excerpt:" Celia has been a vocal critic of political appointees who abuse their position to intimidate academics and universities.It’s time to stop the right wing campaign that is trying to undermine the value of a college education."

Expanding Healthcare

  • Excerpt:"Celia has called out Governor Perry for his efforts to block the Affordable Care Act, robbing Texas of billions of federal dollars we need to expand our health care infrastructure and ensure no family has to go without insurance."

Ending Discriminatory Practices

  • Excerpt:"A long time Democratic activist, Celia is a staunch defender of women’s health, opposes Greg Abbott’s voter ID bill and all efforts to suppress the vote, and has been a leader in advancing the issue of equality in Texas."

Expanding our Thinking on Environment and Energy

  • Excerpt:"Celia is a vocal advocate for expanded public transportation options as a critical part in solving our transportation challenges. She also believes the time is now to redouble our efforts in making renewable energies cost efficient."

Public Education

  • Excerpt:"Celia understands that to compete in a global economy we need to invest in our children’s education today. That means we need to fully restore the cuts, keep up with growth, and give our children the education they need to compete."

Elections

General election

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on March 4, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 9, 2013. Celia Israel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mike VanDeWalle was unopposed in the Republican primary. Israel, VanDeWalle and David Dreesen (L) will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]

Special election

See also: Texas state legislative special elections, 2014

A special election for the position of Texas House of Representatives District 50 was called for November 5, 2013, with a runoff if necessary on January 28, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was September 4, 2013. The seat was vacant following Mark Strama's (D) resignation to lead Google's fiber optics operation in Austin, Texas. Celia Israel (D) and Mike VanDeWalle (R) advanced past Rico Reyes (D) and Jade Chang Sheppard (D) in the special election. Israel defeated VanDeWalle in the runoff election.[5][6][7][8][9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50, Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel 59.6% 6,275
     Republican Mike VanDeWalle 40.4% 4,245
Total Votes 10,520

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Strama (D)
Texas House District 50
February 12, 2014-Present
Succeeded by
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