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Mike VanDeWalle

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Mike VanDeWalle
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Former candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 50
Elections and appointments
Last electionJanuary 28, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
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Mike VanDeWalle was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 50 of the Texas House of Representatives.[1] He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in a 2014 special election.


Campaign themes


VanDeWalle's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Reject State Income Tax

  • Excerpt: "As your state representative, Dr. VanDeWalle will never establish a state income tax."

Create Jobs

  • Excerpt: "As our State Representative, Dr. VanDeWalle will make sure Texas remains the job creating capital of America."

Solve Texas Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Dr. VanDeWalle will always protect our health and small businesses."

Defend Life And Liberty

  • Excerpt: "Dr. VanDeWalle will stand up to any government attempt to restrict the personal liberties detailed in the Constitution. This means upholding the entire Bill of Rights at all costs. "

Prioritize Education

  • Excerpt: "Dr. VanDeWalle is focused on providing the best environment for student learning. He believes we must focus on hiring and rewarding the best teachers, and empowering parents and schools with more local control and the flexibility to make the best decisions."


General election

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Celia Israel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mike VanDeWalle was unopposed in the Republican primary. David Dreesen was running as a Libertarian candidate. Israel defeated VanDeWalle and Dreesen in the general election.[1][3][4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel Incumbent 58.7% 22,690
     Republican Mike VanDeWalle 37.1% 14,359
     Libertarian David Dreesen 4.2% 1,620
Total Votes 38,669

Special election

See also: Texas state legislative special elections, 2014

Celia Israel (D) and Mike VanDeWalle (R) advanced past Rico Reyes (D) and Jade Chang Sheppard (D) in the special election.[5][6] Israel defeated VanDeWalle in the runoff election.[7][8]

The seat was vacant following Mark Strama's (D) resignation to lead Google's fiber optics operation in Austin, Texas.[9]

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.[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
Texas House of Representatives, District 50, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike VanDeWalle 39.2% 5,853
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel 31.8% 4,755
Total Votes 14,936

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