Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 3, 2013, 8:43 p.m. EST by bensdad
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Filibustering Texas Senator Wendy Davis runs for governor
Sen Wendy Davis celebrates her successful filibuster of a Republican anti-abortion bill in Austin, Texas, on 26 June 2013 Sen Davis managed to speak for nearly 11 hours straight in June - forcing a Republican anti-abortion bill to be ruled out of time
Wendy Davis, the Democratic Texas state senator who won fame trying to block anti-abortion legislation with a marathon speech, is running for Texas governor.
In a speech declaring her candidacy, she said she would bring people together "to get things done".
Sen Davis's successful rise from a trailer park and motherhood as a single teenager has inspired her supporters.
Sen Davis spoke for nearly 11 hours in June, using a tactic known as a filibuster, preventing legislators from voting on a republican bill seeking to impose tough new restrictions on access to abortion in the state.
Speaking to supporters in the town where she attended high school, Haltom City, Sen Davis said she would unite people around the goals of improving public education, economic development and healthcare.
"Texans don't want to sit back and watch Austin turn into Washington DC," Sen Davis said, referring to the partisan battles paralysing national politics.
"State leaders in power keep forcing people to opposite corners to prepare for a fight instead of coming together to get things done."
Sen Davis has an uphill struggle securing the financial backing to take on the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, Attorney General Gregg Abbott, who has raised $25m to her more than $1m.