Texas AFL-CIO Endorses Chris Bell
Today Democrat Chris Bell announced that he had received the endorsement of the Texas AFL-CIO COPE in the special election for Texas Senate District 17. The four Central Labor Councils with jurisdiction over Texas Senate District 17—Galveston County AFL-CIO, Harris County AFL-CIO, Sabine Area Central Labor Council and Tideland Central Labor Council—are each supporting Bell. Under a standing resolution approved by the Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Public Education, that gives Bell the endorsement of the entire Texas AFL-CIO COPE as well.
“I am running for the state senate because it is a golden opportunity to make progress toward the goals we all care about: public schools, access to health care, and ethics reform,” said Bell. “Having the support of the Texas AFL-CIO is going to go a long way toward bringing my brand of reform to the Texas Senate. I’ve always enjoyed their support in the past and am extremely proud to have their backing in this campaign.”
Chris Bell was an at-large Houston City Council Member from 1997 till 2002, a Houston mayoral candidate in 2001, and in the U.S. Congress in 2003-04 before losing in re-election. In 2006, Bell was the Democratic nominee for Texas Governor.
The special election to be held on Election Day, Nov. 4, will fill the vacancy created by Sen. Kyle Janek’s resignation. A runoff will follow if no candidate in the special election gets a majority.
Bell will join three Republicans on the Nov. 4 ballot – businessman and former George H.W. Bush Administration appointee Austen Furse, a West University Place resident, Former Harris County felony court judge Joan Huffman, a Southside Place resident, and Harris County Republican precinct chair Grant Harpold.
Furse has been endorsed by the Houston Realty Breakfast Club, the C Club, political pundit and author Ann Coulter and The Texas Right to Life PAC.