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Texas Women Political Organizer Killed In Car Crash

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 07:31 PM CDT

A former top aide to President Bill Clinton and Texas native was killed in a car crash Monday afternoon.

Grace Garcia is known for her pivotal role in Texas politics.

She's known as a force in Texas politics -- Grace Garcia worked for both Bill and Hillary Clinton before becoming executive director of Annie's List.

The organization's goal is to get pro-choice Democratic women elected in Texas.

But Monday afternoon, while on her way to a political event in Dallas, she died in a car crash in Waxahachie.

"She didn't show up," says an emotional Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor.

Van de Putte adds, "People like me or others who are elected, we may have the title in front of our names, but Grace was the hidden wiring behind all that effort to get great candidates elected and further public policy."

She talked with us about her colleague and childhood friend.

"I wouldn't be running for Lt. Governor if not for Grace Garcia," says Van de Putte.

Political strategist Harold Cook says it's a huge loss for progressive Texas women and a major loss for Texas politics.

"You don't have to be a progressive and you don't have to be a Democrat to agree that the public debate in this state would be far better off if there were more women at the table, and it wouldn't kill us if there were more women at the table and that's what Grace always worked for," says Cook.

Deputy Director of Annie's list, Piper Spege Nelson was also injured in the crash. She is in stable condition.

Click here to watch Leticia Van de Putte's interview.

(Photo from Annie's List.)

By Lydia Pantazes

Texas Women Political Organizer Killed In Car Crash


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