Race for House District 46 focuses on candidate identity

AUSTIN, Texas — Identity politics are overtaking a race for a historically blue Texas House seat. Chito Vela and Sheryl Cole spoke with Spectrum News about why they want to represent House District 46.

When it comes to policy, Cole and Vela are nearly identical. Both refer to themselves as progressive or liberal Democrats who vow to fight for the people of East Austin, Manor and Pflugerville. Instead of focusing on policy, the two are highlighting their differences when it comes to experience.

“What is really key is that I am a CPA. That financial experience is key to what is going on in the Legislature,” Cole said.

“[I] also have the energy and the passion to really get in there and fight and be a champion and be an advocate,” Vela said.

The debate between the two has often turned…

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