A Pro-Public School Political Action Committee

 

Texas Parent PAC is a bipartisan political action committee for parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who supports high quality public education. Our statewide group has a track record of success, helping to elect 41 legislators who are currently serving at the Texas Capitol.

Endorsed candidates reflect traditional mainstream American values that honor and support children and their families, quality public education, strong communities, unlimited opportunities, and maximum citizen participation in our democracy. All endorsed candidates support the Texas Parent PAC Guiding Principles.

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Diego Bernal and John Cyrier Win Special Election Runoffs!

Diego Bernal of San Antonio and John Cyrier of Lockhart were elected to the Texas House of Representatives in special election runoffs held Tuesday, February 17. Texas Parent PAC endorsed both candidates and worked very hard for their election. Congratulations to these winners and their campaign teams!

Unofficial Results in H.D. 17 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes, and Lee Counties

John Cyrier, Republican: 4,149 (52% of the vote)
Brent Golemon, Republican: 3,810 (48% of the vote)

Unofficial  Results in H.D. 123 in San Antonio

Diego Bernal, Democrat:  5,170 (64% of the vote)
Nunzio Previtera, Republican: 2,950 (36% of the vote)

Texas Parent PAC donated campaign funding and in-kind contributions, including four-color postcards, phone call services, endorsement news releases, and promotion via email and Facebook. The PAC was John Cyrier's #1 contributor and among Diego Bernal's top contributors. Heartfelt thanks to generous Texas Parent PAC donors who made this possible!

Complete election returns by county are at the Secretary of State web site.

Carolyn Bilski of Sealy campaigned very hard for the Texas House District 13 seat, but unfortunately she did not win. We appreciate the courage that it took to be a candidate and the great effort she put forth in the campaign.

Texas Parent PAC did not endorse a candidate in the Texas Senate District 26 special election runoff, as both candidates are strong supporters of public education.  Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, defeated Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, 13,888 (59%) to 9,635 (41%). Rep. Martinez  Fischer will continue to ably represent District 116 in the Texas House of Representatives.

 

Meet the Newly-Elected State Representative Candidates

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Diego Bernal, House District 123

Diego Bernal of San Antonio is a public interest attorney who served as a member of the San Antonio City Council from 2011 to 2014. While serving on the Council, he met with principals at every public school he represented. After learning about community needs, he worked to improve city street lighting and sidewalks around schools, establish programs to use school playgrounds as public parks, and convert empty inner city lots into neighborhood parks. Diego also supported the City of San Antonio’s initiative to expand pre-kindergarten education.

After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, Diego attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor degree in sociology, master of social work, and a law degree. As a social worker, he helped young gang members in Detroit transition out of gangs into school or the work force. He continued that work in Harlingen, where he worked with Communities in Schools on a summer literacy program for at-risk youth.

Diego was a staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in San Antonio, which included involvement in the Edgewood 7 school finance case. He also litigated civil rights cases in federal and state courts in areas of employment discrimination, education, voting rights, and Texas congressional redistricting.

House District 123 includes parts of Alamo Heights, North East, Northside, and San Antonio ISDs. 

 

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John Cyrier, House District 17

John Cyrier of Lockhart served as Caldwell County Commissioner and County Judge Pro-Tem during 2010-2013. For the last five years, John has represented Caldwell County on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Through CAMPO, he has been responsible for more than $30 million in county road projects and led creation of Caldwell County's first Transportation and Thoroughfare Plan. 

He is a 1995 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Commander of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering technology, John began a career in commercial general contracting. In 2008, he founded Sabre Commercial, Inc., and as president and CEO he focuses on preconstruction services, budgeting, scheduling, and management.

John is a member of the Bastrop and Lockhart chambers of commerce and serves on the board of Caritas of Austin. Other volunteer leadership positions include executive boards of the Real Estate Council of Austin, Capital Area Housing and Finance Corporation, Greater San Marcos Partnership, as well as chair of the Associated General Contractors of America Austin chapter.

John and his wife, Rachelle, have resided on a ranch outside of Lockhart for 14 years. Together, they manage a herd of registered Texas Longhorns and are members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Longhorn Breeders Association, and Texas Farm Bureau.

He is an accomplished pilot of general aviation and World War II aircraft, and his Lockhart ranch includes an airstrip, hanger, and vintage aircraft. In 2011 during the devastating wildfires in Bastrop and Caldwell Counties, Cyrier coordinated aerial observation and flew the emergency management team and fire chief over the wildfire territory. He also led emergency and recovery programs and worked to secure fire recovery funds for Bastrop County.

John was one of the five founding board members of the Education Foundation for Lockhart ISD, which provides grants and incentives for teachers.  House District 17 includes parts or all of 25 independent school districts: Bastrop, Dime Box, Elgin, Falls City, Giddings, Gonzales, Hays Consolidated, Karnes City, Kenedy, Lexington, Lockhart, Luling, McDade, Moulton, Nixon-Smiley Consolidated, Nordheim, Pawnee, Pettus, Prairie Lea, Runge, San Marcos Consolidated, Shiner, Smithville, Waelder, and Yoakum ISDs.