Israel Defeats VanDeWalle in HD-50 Runoff

Updated, 11:20 p.m.:

Democrat Celia Israel will be the next representative for House District 50 after winning a special election runoff Tuesday over Republican Mike VanDeWalle.

With all precincts reporting, Israel received 59 percent of the vote in HD-50, which includes North Austin and part of Pflugerville. Mike VanDeWalle, her opponent, received 41 percent, according to the Travis County clerk's office.

"This race is a sign of where Texans are headed," Israel said Tuesday.

She will succeed former state Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, who vacated the seat last year when he took a job with Google Fiber. She will serve the ...

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