Former Baylor law professor announces candidacy for Texas District 56 representative

Erin Shank announced his candidacy for the District 56 House seat in the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday. Photo by Erin Shank for Texas House

By Camille Cox | Editor-in-chief

Erin Shank, who has taught at Baylor Law School for more than 10 years and owns a bankrupt law firm in Waco, announced his candidacy for the District 56 House seat in the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday.

District 56 includes McLennan County, home to 176,727 people. Shank will appear against the incumbent Charles “Doc” Anderson, who has been acting as a representative since 2004.

Shank said the statewide freeze that caused the Failure of the electrical network largely led to his decision to run for office.

“I’ve always been interested in politics – I have two degrees in political science and journalism and a law degree, so I’m very involved in politics, especially at the local level – but it’s the ice storm who killed two of my clients. Shank said. I said, “We deserve better.” ”

Shank has practiced bankruptcy law for 40 years in Texas. His company, Central Texas Bankruptcy, is now following a “contactless” method in response to the global pandemic, according to its website.

Shank will run as a Democratic candidate while Anderson will run as a Republican candidate in the 2021 race.

“I want to go out there and not force a very left agenda, but come right in the middle and come up with some common sense things if we think about these things together,” Shank said.

Shank said she would begin her campaign with a listening tour during the holidays – when she travels the county to listen to the concerns of individuals – and then begin her field tour in January.

“I am a Democrat, but I am not a burden on the party,” Shank said. “If something is better for McLennan County this way than this way, I will vote for what’s best for McLennan County.”

In addition, Shank graduated from The University of Texas at Austin LBJ Women’s Campaign School on November 13 and launched his campaign on November 15.

“I would encourage a lot more women to do it because I think we need women in politics, especially moms,” Shank said. “There are so many issues affecting families and children, and I’m doing it for the next generation. We have to live in a better place.

Shreveport, LA, junior Veronica Bonifacio Penales is on Shank’s campaign staff and is a student activist. Penales said she believes voters need to start thinking about the direction they want representatives to take.

“Doc Anderson has served for the past 14 years as a representative for District 56 of Texas, but everything he has successfully accomplished in his last seven pledge campaigns could easily represent the work of a single term. – and it stretches it, ”Penales said. “The question voters need to ask themselves: are the steps forward really going in the right direction when the path is so clearly a circle? “

Shank said she wants young people to know how important this election is and to look at it with an open mind.

“Let’s stop this propensity for college students to be classified as non-voters,” Shank said. “I urge voters to watch – not just pull a party lever – but put the lever for the most qualified candidate.”

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