Elaina Fowler (D-TX)
Fowler serves as State Director of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) State Retirees Council. Before working at AFSCME, Fowler was chief of staff for Democratic state representative Helen Giddings and worked for then-Austin Mayor Pro-Tem Sheryl Cole as a policy aide. Fowler supports changing public school recapture and finding a way to increase teacher pay that does not result in a reduction of student funding. She has called for a path to Open Space Exemption so property owners can maintain their lands’ natural condition and if elected hopes to address pay gaps across gender and ethnicity pay. In announcing its endorsement of Fowler, the Austin Chronicle praised her ability to move the ball forward by finding areas of common ground across the aisle.
Vikki Goodwin (D-TX)
Goodwin is broker and owner of Goodwin & Goodwin Real Estate Inc. and holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She believes that our school finance system is broken and strongly opposes public funding of private schools. Goodwin cares about improving infrastructure, including, roads and mass transit, and opposes the state’s efforts to punish cities that enact policies and ordinances the state doesn’t like. She supports the creation of an unbiased redistricting commission to end gerrymandering. After supporting Republican Gerald Daugherty in the race for Travis County Commissioner, Goodwin told the Oak Hill Gazette that she would neither resign nor sign a pledge promising to withhold support for Republicans. Goodwin’s support of Daugherty in 2012 and 2016 earned her criticism and the loss of her seat as precinct chair.