Step Up Texas
A new web site, Step Up Texas
, is now soliciting comments and endorsements for prospective and speculative Democratic candidates for the 2006 races. The web site covers statewide, congressional, legislative, and county races. Registered members are able to endorse or comment on prospective candidates. Membership is free.
The site objective is "[t]o expand the conversation about who runs on the Democratic ticket in 2006." Any member can nominate a candidate. And, there are a few frivolous ones, such as Lance Armstrong, Molly Ivins, and Carol Keaton Strayhorn. The number of endorsers and commenters is still low, so they still have a ways to go in expanding the conversation. But, it is an interesting idea.
Several local races have compeating endorsements for potential candidates. Noteably, Kirk Watson versus Gonzolo Barrientos for SD-14. Ted Ankram is also named as a potential candidate for CD-10. At the moment, though, most of the attention is on race for Governor and other statewide offices.
The site is soliciting input on county races. Currently, it appears that the big races in Travis County will be for County Judge and for Commissioner, Precinct 3.