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Davis Promises Decision On Governor’s Race By Labor Day

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Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) leads a rally in support of Texas women's right to reproductive decisions at the Texas state capitol on July 1, 2013. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) leads a rally in support of Texas women’s right to reproductive decisions at the Texas state capitol on July 1, 2013. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Democratic Texas Senator Wendy Davis says she’ll make a decision on running for governor by Labor Day.

The Fort Worth lawmaker acknowledged Friday that many supporters were encouraging her to make a bid to become Texas’ first Democratic governor since 1994.

Davis made the comment after addressing the annual luncheon of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

Earlier this week while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, Davis said, “I do think that in Texas people feel like we need a change from the very fractured, very partisan leadership that we’re seeing in our state government right now.”

Davis also spoke to that fact that Texas, traditionally, has a low voter turnout. “I think it can be attributed to the fact that so many people feel disconnected. They feel like it doesn’t matter. And that even if they participate in that Democratic process it won’t make a difference.”

When members of the Press Club asked Davis is she would consider a run as Vice President along with Hillary Clinton, she said, “We’ll have to find out if Hillary is running for President first.

Speculation on Davis’ plans have swirled since she gained international attention for an 11+-hour filibuster against an abortion bill in the Texas Legislature. Her delay forced Gov. Rick Perry to call a second special session to pass the ban on most abortions after 20 weeks.

Davis also called for more transparency in campaign finance and funding for outside groups that seek to influence lawmakers.

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