Two Business Groups Endorse Furse In District 17 Senate Race

June 19, 2008

Even as the field in the Texas Senate District 17 race becomes more crowded, West University Place businessman Austen Furse has picked up the endorsement of two local business groups.

The Houston Realty Breakfast Club and the C Club have announced their endorsement of Furse to replace former state senator Kyle Janek in the District 17 seat. The announcements were made earlier today.

Joe Slovacek, PAC treasurer for both organizations, said Furse would be a “common sense” senator.

“Both organizations voted to endorse Austen Furse in the special election for SD17. Each organization alone is significant; together they represent a real political powerhouse,” Slovacek said. “Austen Furse has the business know-how to be the kind of common sense leader we want in the Texas Senate.”

Furse said he was glad to have the endorsements of the two groups, saying their members represent some of the district’s strongest leaders.

“Two of the most influential independent business organizations have chosen to endorse me in the race for SD17, the C Club and the Houston Realty Breakfast Club. These two organizations count among their membership Houston’s best known, best connected, most politically active business leaders,” Furse said of the endorsements.

Furse, a former presidential appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, is one of three formally announced candidates for the seat. Other announced candidates include Houston attorney Grant Harpold and former felony court judge and Southside Place resident Joan Huffman.

Other names frequently mentioned as possible candidates include Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace, District 26 State Rep. Charlie Howard, District 137 State Rep. Scott Hochberg, former Harris County GOP chair Gary Polland and former gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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