By Sam Groves | Editor in Chief
On Election Day this year, Texas voters will elect more than 400 candidates to various local and statewide offices. The highest of these offices, Governor of Texas, will be filled either by Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate, or Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University Law School, Mr. Abbott has served on the Texas Supreme Court and is currently the state Attorney General.
As Attorney General, Mr. Abbott fought to keep a monument to the Ten Commandments on Texas State Capitol grounds, and has sued the federal government over new EPA regulations, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and other disagreements. In a 2013 speech, he described his job as, “I go into the office in the morning, I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home.”
Ms. Davis was born in Rhode Island, but her family moved to Fort Worth when she was 11. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1990, and received her law degree from Harvard University in 1993.
A state senator representing Fort Worth, Ms. Davis catapulted to fame in June 2013, attracting nationwide attention for her 11-hour filibuster of a bill that would severely limit access to abortion in Texas.
Both candidates have expressed strong opinions on controversial issues like abortion, Obamacare, illegal immigration, and gun control. But the campaign has focused largely on character attacks and mudslinging.
“I actually feel rather uninformed,” senior Freddie Chabbert-Nosek said. “I know that Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are running, but I don’t have a clue about their policies … they describe character but not policy.”
Despite this, Freddie plans to vote in the election, which takes place on Nov. 4.
“I could talk all day about the reasons to vote, but unfortunately many people will only care once a policy or problem in their life occurs where either government has hurt them or they need government,” Freddie said.
To overcome what he feels is a failure on the part of the candidates to inform voters, Freddie says he will do his own research.
“I’m going to avoid all of the personal information,” Freddie said. “Anyone can be a great person but still have horrible policies.”
Senior Megan Smith also says she will vote in November.
“If you don’t vote, and the election doesn’t turn out the way you want it to, then you can’t really complain about it,” Megan said.
“All I know is that if you live in the Lone Star State, this election will affect you, whether or not you are aware of it,” Freddie said.