TYLER (KYTX) - When Texas Senator Wendy Davis made her announcement in Haltom City, people in the crowd cheered.
Those same cheers could be heard at the Cascades Country Club in Tyler from her East Texas supporters.
"I promise myself if she ever ran for a higher office, I would support her," said Brenda Wickware.
Brenda Wickware said Davis helped her with a problem, about two years ago, when her husband passed away.
"I just know that she's a people person, she's a real person, I believe she'll be good for this state," added Wickware.
Davis's campaign set the stage at the Haltom City Civic Center, just outside Fort Worth, where she received her high school diploma.
"We are here, because we want every child, no matter where they start in Texas, to receive a world class education," said Davis.
Education is important for Davis.
She says her experience going from being a single teen mother to a successful Harvard-trained attorney shaped her progressive politics and her commitment to middle class Texans.
"I just think she is a dynamic person that understands the changing demographic population in Texas," said Beverly Brooks.
While she's focusing largely on education, what really catapulted Davis into the spotlight this year, was her 13-hour filibuster in June against a controversial abortion bill in the state legislature.
"We need a better educated electorate to make good decisions for the future," said Tim Gill.
Prior to being elected to the state senate, Davis served nine years on the Fort Worth City Council.
She was a leader in economic redevelopment, attracting over 260 million dollars of investment that created thousands of new jobs in Tarrant County.
"I'm looking at new jobs for people within Tyler, I'm looking for money to come down and fix our roads, so yes, when she's elected governor there will be some changes," said JoAnn Hampton, Smith County Commissioner.
If this was a high school student council election, you might say Wendy Davis is the class favorite. But, the question is, will her popularity get her to the top?
Senator Davis's announcement starts a long campaign to break a nearly two decade losing streak for democrats seeking statewide office in Texas.
Attorney General Greg Abbott is the front-runner for the republican nomination to replace retiring Governor Rick Perry.
Abbott has already raised $25 million, while Davis has a little over $1M.