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The Sizzling Summer Runoff Races Everyone is Talking About

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Primary Runoff Election Day: Tuesday, July 14, 7 am – 7 pm

Early Voting NOW: July 2 and 6-10
(Early voting hours vary— Some counties will open polls on Sunday, July 5)

 

Meet the Runoff Candidates Endorsed by Texas Parent PAC

Glenn Rogers

House District 60: Dr. Glenn Rogers, R-Graford

Dr. Glenn Rogers, a veterinarian and former school board member, is running for an open seat to replace Republican Rep. Mike Lang in an eight county rural district. This is a high profile Republican runoff to elect a lawmaker we can count on to support public education! His opponent is Jon Francis, son-in-law of Farris Wilks, who has spent a fortune supporting the controversial, extremist group Empower Texans and promoting radical candidates who want to defund our public schools.

Glenn is supported by a wide-ranging list of local and state leaders. In his endorsement, Gov. Greg Abbott says, "Glenn understands the importance of strengthening public education" and "enacting pro-business policies that will help our economy flourish." Former Gov. Rick Perry supports Glenn, saying, "As a rancher and veterinarian, local school board member, county Farm Bureau leader and an Aggie, Dr. Rogers embodies the rural values and work ethic this area needs in the Texas House." 

 

Akilah Bacy

House District 138: Akilah Bacy, D-Houston

Akilah Bacy is in a Democratic runoff to pick which candidate will run in the open seat to replace retiring incumbent Republican Rep. Dwayne Bohac. Akilah is an attorney who concentrates on estate planning and employment law and formerly was an assistant district attorney. She is a mentor in her local school district, an adult literacy and ESL volunteer, and a Sunday school teacher. In its endorsement as the "best choice for Democrats," the Houston Chronicle says they were "impressed most by Bacy’s deep connections to the district and her strong legal acumen." The Chronicle describes her runoff opponent, Jenifer Rene Pool, as "a perennial candidate." In the 2018 general election, Republican Bohac won by only 47 votes out of 48,000 votes cast.

 

J.D. Sheffield

House District 59: Representative J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville

Dr. J.D. Sheffield is a family physician who has been supported by Texas Parent PAC since he first ran for office and won in 2012. He is a strong advocate for public schools and public health in this eight county rural district. Currently in his fourth term, J.D. is vice chairman of the House Public Health Committee and the only rural physician in the Texas Legislature. In his endorsement, Gov. Greg Abbott said, "I’m proud to endorse Rep. J.D. Sheffield for re-election. J.D. is a strong conservative leader who worked for rural Texans to rein in property taxes, increase teacher pay, and improve Texas schools.”

J.D. is being challenged in the Republican runoff by ultra-conservative attorney Shelby Slawson who describes herself as a "pistol-packing mama" and a "bold constitutional conservative." She is supported by a PAC that is a front group for Empower Texans funders Tim Dunn and fracking billionaires Dan Wilks and Farris Wilks. While Dr. Sheffield’s opponent is a political novice who has never held elective office, she came in first place in the March primary with a significant lead.

 

Tom Adair

House District 67: Tom Adair, D-Plano

Tom Adair is in a runoff to determine which Democratic nominee will challenge right-wing Republican Rep. Jeff Leach in November. Tom is an attorney, community volunteer, and former legislative aide to a Republican congressman. Texas Parent PAC believes Tom is the strongest candidate and the only one who can defeat Leach in this Collin County swing district. The Dallas Morning News also recommends Tom, saying "Adair is the kind of approachable and practical tactician who can work with other lawmakers to get things done. He demonstrates a deep knowledge of school funding, particularly as it relates to Plano ISD, which is in his district.” The Morning News described incumbent Leach as having a "strident tea party image." In the 2018 general election, Republican Leach won with 51% of the vote

 

Dan Flynn

House District 2: Representative Dan Flynn, R-Van

Dan Flynn is in his ninth term representing HD 2. He is chairman of the Defense and Veterans' Affairs Committee and is a member of the Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services Committee and House Administration Committee. Early in his legislative tenure, Texas Parent PAC supported candidates challenging Flynn in the Republican primary, but he now has the PAC's endorsement as he became a strong supporter of public education and opposes privatization schemes. Dan makes it a top priority to protect the teachers' pension fund and secure a strong defined benefit annuity for all current and retired educators.

In the Republican runoff, Dan is being challenged for the third time by Bryan Slaton, who is bankrolled by Empower Texans megadonors oilman Tim Dunn and fracking billionaire Farris Wilks. In the 2018 Republican primary, Dan defeated Slaton by only 775 votes out of nearly 23,000 cast. In the 2016 primary, he defeated Slaton by 581 votes out of more than 29,000 cast.

Gov.Greg Abbott endorses Dan Flynn for re-election, saying “Thanks to his hard work and leadership, Texas ushered in school finance and property tax reform this session. I look forward to our continued collaboration as we keep Texas the best state to live, work, and raise a family.”

 

Lorraine Birabil

House District 100: Representative Lorraine Birabil, D-Dallas

Texas Parent PAC endorsed Lorraine Birabil in January when she won a special election runoff to fill the unexpired term of Eric Johnson, who resigned to become Dallas Mayor. A graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law, she has worked in various capacities at federal, state, and local levels of government to shape legislation and policy for the benefit of working people. In the Texas House, she serves on the Higher Education and Urban Affairs Committees. The Dallas Morning News endorses Lorraine, saying she "is the best choice for this district because she has a command of the issues and a reasoned vision that district voters are likely to embrace on criminal justice reform, expanding Medicaid and improving schools."

 

Jennifer Ramos

House District 119: Jennifer Ramos, D-San Antonio

While growing up on the south side of San Antonio, Jenn Ramos learned about community activism at neighborhood meetings and rallies held at her parents' family business, El Torero Mexican Restaurant. Those experiences inspired Jenn to become a community leader, including serving as a member of the San Antonio City Council, trustee of Alamo Community College District, member of the San Antonio Planning Commission, Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, South Chamber of Commerce, and currently president of the Highland Hills Neighborhood Association.

She is endorsed by the San Antonio Express-News and by HD 119 incumbent Representative Roland Gutierrez, who is resigning from the position to seek election to the Texas Senate.

 

There is no doubt, these races will be close.
Please make it a priority to donate to Texas Parent PAC. 
 Let’s elect these seven well-qualified candidates NOW and even more in the November general election.

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