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2016 TSTA legislative endorsements
The TSTA Political Action Committee has endorsed a slate of pro-education candidates. They may make additional endorsements later this year.
TSTA PAC endorsed 37 state candidates who had contested primaries, 16 Republicans, and 21 Democrats. Scorecard: 26 wins, 7 losses and 4 face May runoffs.
➢ The results bode well for Speaker Straus’ ability to retain leadership of the House.
➢ Texans for Education Reform lost its two biggest investments against House Public Education Committee members, blowing almost $300,000 in a losing bid to unseat Rep. Mary Gonzalez and another $126,000 in a losing bid to unseat Rep. Gary VanDeaver.
Republicans – 16 endorsements. Ten wins. Four losses. Two runoffs.
➢ Eight of the nine incumbent House Republicans TSTA endorsed won their primary. One endorsed challenger and one candidate for an open seat also won.
➢ Rep. Susan King leads going into a runoff for the open Senate District 24 seat.
➢ The extreme Tea Party SBOE candidate Mary Lou Bruner leads going into a runoff against Keven Ellis.
➢ TSTA PAC produced PAC mail on behalf of six Republican candidates. Of the six, all five House incumbents won and Senate candidate Susan King leads going into a runoff.
Democrats – 20 endorsements. Sixteen wins. Three losses. Two runoffs.
➢ Nine of the ten endorsed incumbent Democrats won and another leads going into a runoff. Three more highly qualified endorsed candidates won, one of whom will be in a key general election battle.
➢ All three endorsed Senate incumbents won.
➢ Our endorsed SBOE candidate won.
➢ TSTA PAC produced PAC mail on behalf of six Democratic candidates. Of the six, Senator Jose Menendez won and four of the five Democratic House candidates won.
House Endorsed Incumbents with contested primary
HD1 - Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) - Won
HD2 - Dan Flynn (R-Van) - Won
HD8 - Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) - Won
HD17 - John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) =- Won
HD20 - Marcia Farney (R-Georgetown) - Lost
HD27 - Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) – Leads going to runoff
HD36 - Sergio Munoz, Jr. (D-Edinburg) - Won
HD37 - Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) - Won
HD58 - DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) - Won
HD59 - JD Sheffield (R-Gatesville) - Won
HD75 - Mary Gonzalez (D-Clint) - Won
HD99 - Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) - Won
HD110 - Toni Rose (D-Dallas) - Won
HD121 - Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) - Won
HD124 - Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) - Won
HD131 - Alma Allen (D-Houston)- Won
HD137 - Gene Wu (D-Houston) - Won
HD148 - Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) - Won
HD149 - Hubert Vo (D-Houston) - Won
House Challengers/Open seat primary endorsements
HD4 – Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) – challenge - Won
HD49 – Gina Hinojosa (D-Austin) – open seat - Won
HD60 – Kevin Downing (R-Granbury) – open - Lost
HD71 – Stan Lambert (R-Abilene) – open - Won
HD77 – Lina Ortega (D – El Paso) – open - Won
HD94 – Andrew Piel (R-Arlington) – primary challenge - Lost
HD115 – Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell) - challenge - Lost
HD116 – Marty Golando (D-San Antonio) - Lost
HD 118 – Gabe Farias (D- San Antonio) – Lost
HD120 – Mario Salas (D-San Antonio) – in runoff
HD139 – Randy Bates (D-Houston) - Lost
HD144 – Mary Ann Perez (D- Houston/Pasadena) - Won
Senate Endorsed Incumbents with contested primary
SD19 – Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) - Won
SD26 – Jose Menendez (D – San Antonio) - Won
SD27 – Eddie Lucio Jr. (D – Brownsville) - Won
Senate Open seats primary endorsements
SD1 – General “Red” Brown – (R-Lindale) – Out of runoff by seven votes, could change
SD24 – Susan King (R-Abilene) – Leads going into runoff
State Board of Education open seat primary endorsements
SBOE1- Georgina Perez (D- Tornillo) - Won
SBOE9 – Keven Ellis – (R-Lufkin) – in runoff
Read Public Affairs Specialist Clay Robison’s commentary on education and the political arena.
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The summer 2015 Advocate has a full report on the actions taken during the 84th Texas Legislature. Scroll to page 10.