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Yay! Texas Parent PAC helps elect 12 new state representatives.

Thank you Texas grownups!!

In the 2016 primary and general elections, Texas Parent PAC helped elect 12 new state representatives and one State Board of Education member. They will be heading to Austin to do the people's work in January 2017. Congratulations to these candidates and their campaign teams!

Texas Parent PAC helped the winning candidates in many ways, including campaign coaching, promotion via email and social media, in-kind mailers and phone call services, and funding to pay for TV and radio advertising, signs, canvassing, campaign staff, and more.

Thanks to all the generous Texas Parent PAC donors and volunteers who made this possible!

Here are a few items of note about the election, and more information will be shared in the coming days:

Four Texas Parent PAC-endorsed winners have school board experience, which will enhance their work at the Capitol.

Four incumbent state representatives were defeated this year by Texas Parent PAC-endorsed candidates (Reps. John Lujan, Gilbert Peña, Stuart Spitzer, Molly White). Since its inception in 2005, Texas Parent PAC has helped to defeat 24 incumbent state legislators and replace them with women and men who are strong advocates for public education.

One candidate endorsed by Texas Parent PAC may have lost in a very close election. In House District 105 in the Irving/Grand Prairie area, the unofficial results are: Rep. Rodney Anderson 23,672 and Terry Meza 23,552. There is likely to be a review of provisional ballots.

A summary of the results for endorsed candidates is below. Unofficial election returns are at the Secretary of State web site.

 

Texas House of Representatives: New Legislators
Endorsed by Texas Parent PAC

HD 4: Lance Gooden, R-Terrell (defeated Rep. Stuart Spitzer), winning the primary election with 51.78% of the vote. He was unopposed in the general election. Web Site

HD 7: Jay Dean, R-Longview, winning the primary election with 57.96% of the vote. He was unopposed in the general election. Web Site

HD 18: Ernest Bailes, R-Shepherd, winning the general election with 88% of the vote and the primary runoff with 67.42%. Web Site

HD 33: Justin Holland, R-Heath, winning the general election with 67.82% of the vote and the primary runoff with 50.62%. Web Site

HD 49: Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, winning the general election with 84.39% of the vote and the primary with 58%. Web Site

HD 54: Scott Cosper, R-Killeen, winning the general election with 54.83% of the vote and the primary runoff with 50.43%. Web Site

HD 55: Hugh Shine, R-Temple (defeated Rep. Molly White), winning the primary election with 50.3% of the vote. He was unopposed in the general election. Web Site

HD 64: Lynn Stucky, R-Sanger, winning the general election with 61.57% of the vote and the primary runoff with 65.74%. Web Site

HD 71: Stan Lambert, R-Abilene, winning the general election with 80.65% of the vote and the primary with 51.92%. Web Site

HD 77: Lina Ortega, D-El Paso, winning the primary election with 69.18% of the vote. She was unopposed in the general election. Web Site

HD 118: Tomás Uresti, D-San Antonio (defeated Rep. John Lujan), winning the general election with 55.16% of the vote and the primary with 59.17%. Web Site

HD 144: Mary Ann Perez, D-Houston (defeated Rep. Gilbert Peña), winning the general election with 60.22% of the vote and the primary with 53.32%. Web Site

 

Texas House of Representatives: Incumbent Winners
Endorsed by Texas Parent PAC

HD 41: Rep. Bobby Guerra, D-Mission, winning the general election with 56.79% of the vote. Web Site

HD 48:  Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, winning the general election with 79.38% of the vote. Web Site

HD 50:  Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, winning the general election with 63.65% of the vote. Web Site

HD 78:  Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, winning the general election with 63.43% of the vote. Web Site

HD 95:  Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth,  winning the general election with 75.57% of the vote. Web Site

HD 101: Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, won the general election with 66.31% of the vote. Web Site

HD 102: Rep. Linda Koop, R-Dallas, winning the general election with 54.69% of the vote. Web Site

HD 137: Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, winning the general election with 66.96% of the vote. Web Site

HD 149: Rep. Hubert Vo, D-Houston, winning the general election with 63.53% of the vote. Web Site

Note:  Almost all endorsed incumbents were supported by Texas Parent PAC when they first ran for office in 2006-2015.


State Board of Education: Endorsed Winner

SBOE 9: Keven Ellis, R-Lufkin, winning the general election with 73.66% of the vote and the primary with 59.19%. Web Site

 

Heartfelt thanks to the other Texas Parent PAC-endorsed candidates who campaigned very hard but unfortunately did not win. They were all seeking political office to make a positive difference. Legislative candidates Lloyd Criss, Sarah DeMerchant, Michael Shawn Kelly, Terry Meza, and State Board of Education candidate Rebecca Bell-Metereau and their teams put forth great effort in the campaigns. We appreciate their courage and sacrifice and know they will continue to serve our state in many great ways.

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Please contribute TODAY so Texas Parent PAC can replenish our "war chest." In 2017 we hope to provide seed money to candidates running for the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives. To contribute by mail or on-line, please go here.

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With Texas parents, grandparents, and public school supporters working together on campaigns, we can elect even more advocates for Texas children. Let's do it. It's the American way!

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