Sarah Davis, the only openly pro-choice Republican woman in the Legislature, will be contested in the Republican primary. She faces a challenge from Bonnie Parker, who describes herself as a conservative, a philanthropist, and a longtime Republican party volunteer. Readers may recall that Parker ran against Davis in 2010, losing by 9 points. In that election, Parker argued, among other things, that “the current Republican leaders have been a disappointment because they have allowed state government to grow faster than inflation and population growth.”
District 134 has a history of representation by pro-choice women (Democrat Ellen Cohen, for one, who was defeated by Davis in the Republican sweep year 2010 by a mere 701 votes). Its an inside-the-loop district that includes River Oaks, the most affluent area of Houston. Tea party country it isn’t. Davis should have a good shot at holding the seat, despite what some members of her party think.