Texas Sen. Wendy Davis will declare her candidacy for the 2014 Texas governor's race during an event this coming Thursday (Oct. 3), according to several Democratic political consultants. Texas Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott has already declared his candidacy.
The following faculty members in the University of North Texas Department of Political Science are available to discuss the gubernatorial candidates:
Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, associate professor of political science, spoke to the media earlier this year about Rick Perry deciding not to seek another term as Texas governor, and his legacy as governor. Eshbaugh-Soha is the co-author of Breaking Through the Noise: Presidential Leadership, Public Opinion and the News Media and The President's Speeches: Beyond "Going Public." He has published research in American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly and Congress and the Presidency and has contributed chapters to Politics in the American States and Public Opinion and Polling around the World.
Valerie Martinez-Ebers, professor of political science, is the editor of the American Political Science Review. She studies women in politics and racial-ethnic minorities in politics -- both the elected leaders and the voters. Martinez-Ebers is the co-author of Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior and Policy Preferences, Latina Lives in America: Making it Home and Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas. She is also the co-editor of Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Identity Politics in America.
Philip Paolino is an associate professor of political science. He researches mass political behavior, survey research, and political methodology, focusing upon elections, political psychology, and political participation. He has published articles in a number of scholarly journals, including "American Political Science Review," "American Journal of Political Science" and "Political Analysis."