State Rep. Todd Baxter, a Republican who won in 2004 with the slimmest margin of any incumbent, now has an official challenger for 2006. The Quorum Report has a press release (Word doc) from Austin attorney Andy Brown.
Andy Brown, an attorney at DLA Piper, announced his candidacy today in the Democratic Primary for State Representative in District 48. Mr. Brown brings effective public service, legislative experience and community volunteer leadership to the race.
"I intend to provide the kind of leadership on health care, public education and ethics that Travis County residents expect. We owe a debt of gratitude to Kelly White and Ann Kitchen for their enormous efforts to provide balanced and effective representation in the Texas House. District 48 deserves a new voice."
Prior to working with technology companies at DLA Piper, Mr. Brown, a graduate of UT Law School, worked as an attorney at Baker Botts in Austin and clerked for U.S. District Judge Randy Crane in McAllen. He worked in the Texas Legislature as a Legislative Aide for Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (TAHSA), a nonprofit nursing home association, and as an Aide to former Speaker Pete Laney working on Ways & Means legislation.
Believing that all Texans should participate fully in the electoral process, Mr. Brown worked for 21st Century Democrats first as a field organizer in West Texas and then as Executive Director. The organization's mission was to increase voter turnout throughout the State and he had the honor to work with statwide leaders to achieve that goal. In the fall of 2004, Mr. Brown served as the Campaign Manager for Congressman Lloyd Doggett, helping ensure that the people of Central Texas continued to have a voice in Congress despite Tom DeLay's redistricting tactics.