This Week in Texas: October 9, 2013

Posted October 9, 2013 in The Mignon Memo

The past week has brought two more candidates into the race to succeed Gov. Rick Perry.  As expected, Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) announced her candidacy at her former Haltom City High School last week.  Republican radio talk show host Lisa Fritsch also joined the race.

The Texas Legislature lost two long serving members to retirement this past week. Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) announced that he will not run for his
Senate District 4 seat in 2014.  Williams is rumored to be taking a position in  governmental affairs at the Texas A&M University System. Rep. Allan Ritter
(R-Nederland) announced that he will not seek re-election to his House District 21 seat.  Ritter has represented the district since 1998.  With Williams’ departure, the 84th Legislature is guaranteed new chairs of the committees that handle the state’s budget in both the Senate and the House.  Ritter leaves his post as chair of the House Natural Resources.

As many people from Austin head to Dallas for a combination of food, football, fair going and fundraising, here are a few facts about the State Fair of Texas.  The Dallas State Fair & Exposition, the predecessor of the State Fair of Texas, was chartered as a private corporation on Jan. 30, 1886.  The corporation was responsible for locating the land on which Fair Park exists today.  The Texas-OU football game moved to the fair in 1929.  Big Tex made his debut in 1952 and rose again a few weeks ago after being destroyed by an electrical fire just last year.