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Birdwell’s wins sends message to state capitol

The special election runoff victory Tuesday for Brian Birdwell sends a clear message to the political establishment in Austin.
Birdwell, an as-yet relatively unknown quantity as an elected official, faced off against a well known former senator — David Sibley — the man who handed the reins of Senate District 22 over to Kip Averitt.

Sibley originally left the Senate to become a lobbyist. With the news of Averitt’s failing health becoming a topic of public discourse this year when he halted his re-election campaign and resigned from the Senate, Sibley stepped in to try and keep the seat among the established political forces of Austin.

He cited his involvement in the process that deregulated electric power service for the state, as well as endorsements from high-profile political heavyweights like former President George W. Bush and this district’s current member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Joe Barton.

Birdwell, a 9/11 survivor of the attacks on the Pentagon and veteran of the Gulf war, stepped his campaign into high gear in the last few weeks, putting substantial miles on the ground and stumping at locations around the district to raise his name recognition.
Important to note is that the district’s tradition of conservative leadership in Austin seems to have been upheld with Birdwell’s election.

With Sibley’s defeat comes the message that voters in District 22 want new blood representing them in Austin, which echoes election results in other areas of the country. We’re watching with interest to see how Birdwell integrates into his role in the Senate and as we convene for the next session of the Legislature, we’ll look to Birdwell to exercise leadership and represent this district with the idea that all its corners, including Ellis County, will require a strong voice to be heard.

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