Texas Parent PAC has best election cycle ever!
A record-breaking 19 endorsed new legislative candidates win!
Plus, all 8 endorsed incumbents win!
Texas Parent PAC helped to elect 19 new members of the Texas Legislature in the 2012 primary and general elections - a new record for the pro-public education political action committee. All 8 incumbent legislators endorsed in the general election won re-election, too. Congratulations to the candidates and their campaign teams!
With these victories, there will now be 34 state representatives and 2 senators currently serving who were elected - and re-elected - with the endorsement and financial support of Texas Parent PAC. The PAC was formed in 2005 and has been involved in four election cycles.
These election victories will make a big difference for Texas schoolchildren and their families, as the winning candidates are strong supporters of public education.
Texas Parent PAC helped candidates in many ways, including campaign coaching, endorsement news releases, promotion via email and Facebook, volunteer recruitment, as well as donating more than $350,000 to pay for mailings, TV and radio advertising, signs, campaign staff, consultation, and phone call services. Thanks to generous Texas Parent PAC donors who made this possible!
A summary of the results is below, and complete primary election returns are at the Texas Tribune or Secretary of State web site.
2012 General Election Winners Endorsed by Texas Parent PAC
H.D. 3: Cecil Bell, Jr., R-Magnolia (open seat), winning the primary with 56.9% of the vote. www.bellforstaterep.com
H.D. 9: Chris Paddie, R-Marshall (defeated Rep. Wayne Christian), winning the primary with 52.2% of the vote and the general election with 98.61%. www.chrispaddie.com
H.D. 24: Dr. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood (open seat), winning the primary runoff with 57.7% of the vote and the general election with 73.31%. www.drgregbonnen.com
H.D. 29: Ed Thompson, R-Pearland (open seat), winning the primary with 67.1% of the vote and the general election with 65.52%. www.electedthompson.com
H.D. 34: Abel Herrero, D-Robstown (defeated Rep. Connie Scott), winning the general election with 57.18% of the vote. www.abelherrero.com
H.D. 41: Bobby Guerra, D-McAllen (open seat), winning the general election with 61.74% of the vote. www.voteguerra.com
H.D. 57: Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin (defeated Rep. Marva Beck), winning the primary with 58.1% of the vote. www.trentashby.com
H.D. 59: Dr. J. D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville (defeated Rep. Sid Miller), winning the primary runoff with 54.8% of the vote and the general election with 78.22%. www.jdfortexas.com
H.D. 74: Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass (open seat), winning the primary with 54.3% of the vote and the general election with 60.6%. www.ponchonevarez.com
H.D. 78: Joe Moody, D-El Paso (defeated Rep. Dee Margo), winning the general election with 53.93% of the vote. www.moodyforelpaso.com
H.D. 88: Ken King, R-Canadian (defeated Rep. Jim Landtroop), winning the primary runoff with 54% of the vote. www.kingfortexas.com
H.D. 95: Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth (open seat), winning the general election with 77.36% of the vote. www.votenicolecollier.com
H.D. 101: Chris Turner, D-Arlington (new seat), winning the general election with 87.88% of the vote. www.votechristurner.com
H.D. 114: Jason Villalba, R-Dallas (open seat), winning the primary runoff with 51.8% of the vote and the general election with 54.16%. www.texansforjason.com
H.D. 115: Bennett Ratliff, R-Coppell (open seat), winning the primary runoff with 51.9% of the vote and the general election with 55.31%. www.bennettratliff.com
H.D. 117: Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio (defeated Rep. John Garza), winning the general election with 53.92% of the vote. www.philipcortez.com
H.D. 125: Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio (open seat) winning the primary with 66.8% of the vote and the general election with 61.23%. www.justin125.com
H.D. 137: Gene Wu, D-Houston (open seat), winning the general election with 65.72% of the vote. www.genefortexas.com
H.D. 144: Mary Ann Perez, D-Pasadena (open seat), winning the general election with 52.08% of the vote. www.votemaryannperez.com
Incumbent Legislator Winners
S.D. 10: Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, winning the general election with 51.11% of the vote. www.wendydavisforsenate.com
S. D. 29: Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, winning the general election with 68.71% of the vote. www.senatorjoserodriguez.com
H.D. 23: Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston winning the general election with 53.89% of the vote. www.craigeiland.net
H.D. 48: Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin winning the general election with 59.19% of the vote. www.votedonna.com
H.D. 54: Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen winning the general election with 57.53% of the vote. www.jdaycock.com
H.D. 94: Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington winning the general election with 82.2% of the vote. www.dianepatrick.org
H.D. 118: Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio winning the general election with 59.9% of the vote. www.joefarias.com
H.D. 149: Rep. Hubert Vo, D-Houston winning the general election with 61.12% of the vote. www.hubertvo.com
Thanks to the endorsed general election candidates who campaigned very hard but unfortunately did not win: John Adams, John Courage, Rich Hancock, Ann Johnson, Robert Miklos, Dora Olivo, Rosemary Robbins, Matt Stillwell, and Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles. Texas Parent PAC is proud to have endorsed their candidacies!
Texas Parent PAC is bipartisan and supports about an equal number of candidates from both major political parties in each election cycle. In 2012, about 50 PAC supporters participated in the endorsement process, including researching and interviewing candidates and assessing if they meet established criteria. The PAC interviewed each candidate for one to two hours, and some were interviewed multiple times.
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