Let's elect state legislators who listen to parents and consistently vote in the interest of children and neighborhood schools!
Texas Parent PAC is a bipartisan political action committee for parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who supports high quality public education. Endorsed candidates reflect traditional 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. Texas Parent PAC has a track record of success, helping to elect 39 legislators who are currently serving.
Candidates Endorsed by Texas Parent PAC Achieve Significant Victories!
5 out of 7 State Representative Candidates Win Runoffs
Five legislative candidates and one State Board of Education candidate endorsed by Texas Parent PAC won their primary runoff elections on May 27. Congratulations to these candidates and their campaign teams!
Texas Parent PAC helped the winning candidates in many ways, including in-kind contributions of mailings and phone calling services, direct campaign contributions, coaching, canvassing, poll greeting, endorsement news releases, promotion via email and Facebook, and more. Thanks to the large number of Texas Parent PAC contributors and volunteers who donated funding and time to make this possible!
Here are a few observations about the results in the contested races in which Texas Parent PAC was involved:
- Texas Parent PAC was among the largest financial contributors to most of the endorsed state representative candidates, including being #1 and #4 contributors for two winners.
- Texas Parent PAC endorsed another winning school board member--DeWayne Burns of Cleburne. Burns is the 14th school trustee the PAC has helped to elect to the Legislature since 2006.
- Texas Parent PAC delights in supporting winners whose leadership skills were honed while serving as PTA President at a public school. Winner Linda Koop was PTA President at Forestridge Elementary in Richardson ISD before moving on to become a respected civic leader and Dallas City Council member.
- The voter turnout percentage in the runoffs was very small in many of the races, which is further proof of the low level of civic engagement in our state. Since about 90 percent of the Texas legislators are selected in the primary elections, a majority of voters have little say in selecting the state's senators and representatives. We believe this must change in the future!
- The apparent loss by esteemed Texas Senator Bob Deuell of Greenville was distressing. He lost by 300 votes out of 36,160 votes cast. About 8.7% of the voters in Senate District 2 cast ballots in the Republican primary runoff.
Endorsed Candidate Winners of Primary Election Runoff
Republican Primary Election Runoff
HD 10: John Wray, R-Waxahachie, winning with 52.9% of the vote Web Site
HD 16: Will Metcalf, R-Conroe, winning with 62.08% of the vote. He has Democratic and Libertarian opponents in the general election. Web Site
HD 58: DeWayne Burns, R-Cleburne, winning with 52.67% of the vote. He has Democratic and Libertarian opponents in the general election. Web Site
HD 102: Linda Koop, R-Dallas, winning with 59.83% of the vote. She has a Democratic opponent in the general election. Web Site
SBOE 11: Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth, winning with 58.68% of the vote. She has Democratic and Libertarian opponents in the general election. Web Site
Democratic Primary Runoff
HD 76: César Blanco, D-El Paso, winning with 68.07% of the vote. He has a Libertarian opponent in the general election. Web Site
Thanks to the other endorsed candidates who campaigned very hard but unfortunately did not win. They were seeking political office to make a positive difference. Glenn Callison in H.D. 66 and Ann Hodge in H.D. 132 and their teams put forth great effort in their campaigns for open seats.
Heartfelt thanks to State Senator Bob Deuell, who has served in the Texas Senate since 2003. He made many contributions that make Texas a better state, and he will be greatly missed.