Governor candidate Wendy Davis makes stop in Lufkin

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - November is only eight months away which means the campaign season is about to pick up and one of the candidates for governor made a stop in the Pineywoods Friday afternoon.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was in Lufkin for a quick fundraising luncheon.

For the first time in 19 years, democrats are hoping they can move into the governor's mansion.

For Davis to do that she will have to beat a strong republican candidate and state current Attorney General Greg Abbott.

"I think it has been a long time since we had a governor that has shown that the voices of the everyday folks are the most important to be heard," Davis said.

Davis first gained national attention in 2013 when she staged an 11 hour filibuster against senate bill 5. A bill that brought on strict abortion guidelines.

She is moving forward pushing a variety of state issues like water and transportation. Both of those were hot topics last legislative session. Davis says we made progress but there is still room to grow.

Her main focus will be the Texas Equal Pay Bill.

Davis said on average woman are making 82 cents to ever dollar a male is making in the same position.

"Texans who are working hard should be paid for their hard day's work," Davis said. "Women should be paid equal to men when doing comparable work."

Davis pushed for it before, but after having a bi-partisan approval, it was quickly vetoed at the governor's desk.

"Governor Perry vetoed that bill and Greg Abbott believes that what we have in place right now is perfectly fine," Davis said.

In a weekly news program on WFAA in Dallas, Abbott indicated that he believed the current law protects against pay discrimination.

Davis said throughout this campaign she is recalling her time on the floor of the filibuster and the things she learned from it.

"When we stand up for the things that we believe in; when we fight for people, we inspire people to believe that they have a voice in the Texas capital," Davis said.

After her stop in Lufkin, Davis will be making stops in Tyler and Longview on Saturday.

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