TSTA House of Delegates Elections

TSTA elections

This year, the House of Delegates was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all statewide TSTA HoD elections were conducted by mail ballot. The following are the final and official results of the TSTA 2020 Elections:

TSTA Vice President
Linda Estrada

NEA Director Place 2
Francisco Dionisio

NEA Director Place 3
Aaron Phillips

ESP At Large
Katrina Moreno

Administrator At Large
Micaela Escobar

Nominations open for TSTA officers

Update: The election is complete and the results are listed above.

Nominations are open for the positions of TSTA President and Vice President, for a three-year term beginning July 15, 2020. Individuals who file for either office are automatically filed for alternate NEA Director for Texas. The filing deadline is Sept. 15, 2019. For more information, contact TSTA’s Center for Executive and Governance at 8716 N. Mopac Expy, Austin, Texas 78759, or call 877-ASK-TSTA, ext. 1337 or 1338. Filing forms are at tsta.org. The filing deadline has passed. The following candidates have filed for TSTA President:

  • Ovidia Molina, Alief-TSTA/NEA

TSTA President Candidate Ovidia Molina was the only candidate to file for this position, and has completed the required filing submission. As a result, she will be declared elected by acclamation during the 2020 House of Delegates.

The following candidates have filed for TSTA Vice President:

  • Richard Beaule, Killeen Education Association
  • Linda Estrada, Donna TSTA/NEA

NEA Director Election: Nominations are also open for NEA Director for Texas, Place 3. The successful candidate for NEA Director for Texas, Place 3 will serve a three-year term on the NEA Board of Directors beginning September 1, 2020, and will sit as a voting member of the TSTA Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning July 15, 2020. The following candidates have filed for NEA Director Place 3:

  • Aaron Phillips, Amarillo Education Association
  • Arthur Robinson, Alief-TSTA/NEA

Special Election: Unexpired Term – Nominations are open for NEA Director for Texas, Place 2 Unexpired Term. The successful candidate will serve a one-year term on the NEA Board of Directors, beginning September 1, 2020, and will be a voting member on the TSTA Board of Directors for a one-year term beginning July 15, 2020.

For additional information, contact TSTA’s Center for Executive and Governance at 8716 N. Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78759, or call 877-ASK-TSTA. Follow this link for the filing form for the NEA Director election, https://tsta.wufoo.com/forms/candidate-for-nea-director-filing-form/. The filing deadline has passed. The following candidates have filed for NEA Director Place 2 Unexpired:

  • Francisco Dionisio, New Braunfels Educators Association
  • Doris Hill, Grand Prairie Education Association

Update: TSTA has received notification from NEA regarding the possible reduction of a state position, NEA Director for Texas, on the NEA Board due to declining state membership. A final determination regarding the need for reduction will be made by NEA after May 31, 2020.

In order to comply with NEA policy, the candidate who wins NEA Director Place 2 will assume office only in the event that NEA does NOT reduce a position from Texas on the NEA board. This information will not be available until after May 31, 2020.

Update: In light of this, the elected candidate will serve as NEA Director upon the announcement of the TSTA Statewide Elections results (scheduled for June 6) through the receipt of communication from NEA with their final decision regarding possible reduction of NEA Director for Texas, Place 2. If NEA ultimately decides to reduce this position, the term will begin June 6, 2020 and conclude August 31, 2020. If NEA maintains the position, the term will begin June 6, 2020 and conclude August 31, 2021.

TSTA At-Large Board of Directors: Individuals elected will serve from July 15, 2020, through July 14, 2023. https://tsta.wufoo.com/forms/tsta-board-of-directors-atlarge-nomination-form/

The following candidates have filed for ESP At-Large:

  • Sherri Harper-Walker, Cy Fair TSTA/NEA
  • Katrina Moreno, Port Arthur Teachers Association

The following candidates have filed for Supervisory At-Large:

  • Micaela Escobar, Association of Brownsville Educators

Local Delegate Elections for the State HoD
Allocations and corresponding chartering information will be mailed around early February to all local presidents. If you have any questions regarding your allocations or compliance, please email elections@tsta.org or call the Center for Executive and Governance toll-free at 877-ASK-TSTA.


State HoD Delegate Election Report Forms

Update regarding Delegate Registration for the 2020 TSTA Statewide Election:

Delegate registration for 2020 HoD delegates begins at 12:01 AM (CT) on April 17 and closes at 11:59 PM (CT) on April 25! Delegates wishing to vote in the TSTA 2020 Elections MUST register to be mailed a ballot. Again, only registered delegates will receive a ballot.

You can register by link, text, or phone. Please note that this link and number will not go live until April 17th . No contact made prior to that time will constitute a registration, so please mark your calendars for April 17th.

To register by link, please paste into your browser the following link: https://tsta.wufoo.com/forms/2020-house-of-delegates-registration/. This is the fastest way to begin the process.

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Text or call 1-833-HOD20TX. If you leave a voicemail or text, please include your name, local, mailing address, and callback number to begin the process.

Confirmations of processed registrations will be sent within 48 hours by at least two methods of communication and to all the contact information that we have for you in the NEA/TSTA database, however we will not contact a number or email in your record that you have advised us not to contact or leave a message at. It is very important to contact elections@tsta.org or call back if you don’t get a confirmation during this time frame. You will not be registered unless your registration is confirmed. If you update your address upon registering, it will be updated with NEA.

Please contact elections@tsta.org or call 512.698.9189 if you have any questions.

Local Delegate Election Reports must be received at TSTA HQ by March 15th. A confirmation receipt will be issued for all submissions. Any submission that arrives after March 15th must be accompanied by a letter from the local president to explain why it is late. Any submission presented after April 1st automatically goes to credentials. As always, the Center for Executive and Governance will look up membership information for each delegate and work with the local president to make sure that the local’s delegate election report is complete and complies with TSTA Election policies.

Please email all forms to elections@tsta.org
Local Delegate Election reports may be submitted as noted below:

If your local has 15 or less delegates and elected 15 or less alternates, you may submit their information using the following e-form links. The first link includes certification and delegate information. The second link, alternate information. If you use these links, please email a copy of your election tally to elections@tsta.org. To enter delegate or alternate information on these e-forms, you only need to enter their name and one piece of identifying information- either their membership ID, Last Four digits of their social security number, or the first line of their street address.

Delegate Report Form link: https://tsta.wufoo.com/forms/tsta-hod-local-delegate-election-report-2020/
Alternate Report Form link: https://tsta.wufoo.com/forms/tsta-hod-local-alternate-election-report-2020/

If your local has more than 15 delegates, please use the excel spreadsheet posted below. Please note there are separate delegates and alternates tabs on the spreadsheet. In addition to the spreadsheet, you will need to send the election report form (posted below) and your election tally to elections@tsta.org.

Election Report Form
Election Report Excel Form

If you need to make any adjustments with your delegates (delegate to alternate or vice versa) after sending in your election report, please do so by contacting elections@tsta.org prior to April 15.


Cluster Delegates

TSTA members who have no opportunity to join a local association or who belong to a local that is not eligible to elect a delegate are still eligible to seek election as a delegate to the TSTA House of Delegates through a cluster election. The deadline by which a member must notify the TSTA Center for Executive and Governance of his or her interest in seeking election as a cluster delegate is February 26, 2020. https://tsta.wufoo.com/forms/hod-cluster-election-request-form/


Local Delegate Elections for the Regional HoD

Regional Houses of Delegates are held on the date established by each Region. Please contact your Regional President for more information about dates, times, and locations.

The President of your Local Association must submit the results of your local delegate elections to your Regional President (by the deadline established by the Regional President) on the TSTA Regional HoD Election Forms. These include:

• Regional HoD Delegates
• Regional HoD Alternates
• Multiple entries form (for additional delegates/alternates page 2 to end)


General Information

For more information on election procedures and requirements, please review TSTA Board Policy EP-8 (Election of Local Delegates to the State House of Delegates) and TSTA Board Policy EP-13 (Election of Local Delegates to the Regional House of Delegates).

If you have questions, please contact the Center for Executive and Governance at 877-ASK-TSTA.