Despite Party Politics, HD-134 Foes Share Many Traits

State Rep. Sarah Davis, Republican of Houston, and her Democratic opponent, Ann Johnson, have a lot in common. They are both lawyers and young cancer survivors campaigning on a platform of defending women’s health and supporting the region’s medical centers.

There is one obvious difference: their party persuasion.

Davis, 36, is running for re-election in the affluent, Republican-leaning district that includes River Oaks, Bellaire and other sections of West Houston. She narrowly won the seat in 2010, defeating Rep. Ellen Cohen, a Democrat.

Johnson, 38, hopes to eke out a win in the swing district, which chose former Houston Mayor ...

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