The list of candidates for Governor continues to grow. Tuesday conservative political analyst Lisa Fritsch tossed her hat into the ring. Fritsch is running for the GOP nomination and believes she can win the top office in the state by reaching out to moderates in both parties as well as independents.
Supporters gathered Tuesday morning at a north Austin restaurant in the Arbor Walk. Fritch's game plan seems to involve borrowing a page from the Ted Cruz playbook.
"The time is right now to build on the promise of unity and not settle for mediocrity," said Fritsch.
She wants a grassroots campaign to tap into a frustrated evangelical conservative base to surprise what she called the political old guard. However, at the same time she will try to avoid using polarizing rhetoric in hopes of attracting moderates and independents who may sit out the 2014 mid-term election.
"No matter what either party has tried to tell us, we are on the same side, there is no red state, there is no blue state, this is our state," said Fritsch.
Last week Wendy Davis became the lone Democrat to declare, as did the only Libertarian Kathy Glass.
Fritsch joins a Republican gubernatorial field that's getting a little crowded. The GOP primary for the nomination also includes Greg Abbott, Larry Kilgore, Mariam Martinez, and Tom Pauken.
While the Primaries don't happen until later next spring there is a general election coming up in a few weeks. Early voting starts October 21st and if you plan to cast a ballot you'll need a photo ID.
The state has spent the last few weeks setting up mobile registration sites at grocery stores and community centers across Texas. Temporary photo ID certificates are provided at first with plastic cards coming later in the mail.
So far 26 ID cards have been issued statewide, most at DPS Divers License offices, while 9 of them were done at the mobile locations. The new ID cards are free but only to those who do not have a current Driver's License, Military ID, Passport, a Citizenship Certificate with photo or a Concealed Handgun License.
October 7th was the last day to register for the November 2013 election. The big item on the ballot is a Proposition to fund a statewide water plan. Locally there is a special election to fill House Seat 50 which was vacated by Mark Strama.
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