June 09, 2005
Rumors in HD134 and HD146
PinkDome is first to report a rumor of a challenger for Martha Wong in HD134: Ellen Cohen, Executive Director of the Houston Area Women's Center. Today the Houston Democrats blog gives what appears to be confirmation of this, in quoting from the Texas Democrats Yahoo group listserv:
Ellen Cohen, President and CEO of the Houston Area Women's Center,will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for State Representative, District 134, in 2006. This is the seat held by Republican Martha Wong which includes large parts of Montrose and the highest number of pro-choice women in the state. Good news.
The board of the women's center voted to give Ms. Cohen a leave of absence from her duties from January 1 thru November 2006.
I think Ellen Cohen is the kind of candidate that will give Martha Wong fits, especially after the anti-choice anti-gayfest that was the 79th Lege. She's certainly got some good connections
to start off with. I'm excited about this.
In addition, both sites also report that a businessman named Boris Miles is considering a primary challenge to Al Edwards in HD146. This makes Greg happy, and it makes me happy, too. I look forward to hearing more about Mr. Miles.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 09, 2005 to Election 2006
Sorry for the correction CHarles, but since I wrote the release that went out first, it appears on TexasDemocrat2@yahoogroups.com, the largest and most active listserv dedicated to Democratic politics in Texas. If you will note, Pink Dome has the identical release which I sent to them within minutes of sending out the original.
Ellen Cohen is a terrific candidate that any Democrat should be able to enthusiastically support and she will be the type of candidate who can take it right to Martha Wong...something which was lacking before.
The jury is still out on Boris Miles other than he is an associate of Councilman Ron Green and supported Chris Bell in his race for re-nomination against Al Green last year.
Word round the campfire is that Wong might be running for Kyle Janek's seat (which most believe will be vacant in '06 with him either retiring outright or perhaps running for US Senate). That would mean an open seat contest and Cohen has an even better shot at that.
I am pleased that Ellen Cohen is planning to run for Rep. Wong's seat. After the Republican legislative debacle of the past two years, I am considering running for it as well. Jim Henley Sidney Lanier Debate Coach