Texas Parent PAC
Standing up for Texas schoolchildren since 2005
2022 Primary Runoff Election Results
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Six Candidates Endorsed by Texas Parent PAC Win Primary Runoff May 24
Six candidates endorsed by Texas Parent PAC won runoff elections May 24. Congratulations to these candidates and their campaign teams! Texas Parent PAC helped the winning candidates in many ways, including campaign coaching, calling services, canvassing, and direct campaign contributions. Thanks to all the generous Texas Parent PAC donors who made this possible!
As fewer Texans vote, especially in primary elections and runoff elections, a trend is becoming evident: those who do vote are more partisan, pushing candidates further right or left. This makes our common-sense, honorable candidates more vulnerable and more reliant on our participation. Keep this in mind as future elections take place.
Winners of May 24, 2022 Primary Runoff
Heartfelt thanks to the endorsed candidates who campaigned very hard but unfortunately did not win. They were all seeking political office to make a positive difference. We appreciate the courage and sacrifice that it took for these candidates to run for elected office. Thank you to:
- HD 17: Judge Paul Pape
- HD 19: Justin Berry
- HD 37: Ruben Cortez
- HD 73: Barron Casteel
- SBOE 2: Pete Garcia
- SBOE 4: Coretta Mallet Fontenot
Texas Parent PAC will endorse additional candidates in the general election. These will be highly competitive and very expensive races, so the challenges are immense. Please contribute TODAY so Texas Parent PAC can help our terrific candidates in November.
YOU WERE RIGHT!
Texans support PUBLIC dollars going to PUBLIC schools
Oppose vouchers and charters receiving tax dollars
Austin, TX – According to a recent Change Research poll, 53% of likely Texas voters are against taxpayer-funded private school vouchers when hearing vouchers mean less money for their local public schools. Additionally, 92% of voucher opponents report being highly enthusiastic to vote in November, compared to 86% of voucher proponents.
Further, a majority of Texans are concerned charter schools take money from local public schools (76%) and that charter school teachers do not need to be certified to teach (80%). These results are consistent with the nonpartisan 2021 Raise Your Hand Foundation Poll, which found that “53 percent oppose establishing or adding charter schools in their community if it means reducing the amount of funds distributed to their local schools.”
The Change Research poll was conducted from May 3 to 6, just days before Governor Greg Abbott announced that he “supports a school voucher measure that would allow students to use government funding to attend private schools or charter schools rather than just their assigned public schools.” [Houston Chronicle, May 9, 2022] Of the 1,083 likely Texas voters interviewed, 38% are Republicans, 31% are Democrats, and 31% are Independents. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.3 %.
The poll also shows:
- 82% of Texans say they know vouchers will increase their property taxes and take funds away from public school classrooms.
- Rural Texans are fully aligned with all Texans (both at 71%) in understanding that vouchers don’t do anything to help rural Texans.
- School vouchers stack poorly against local public schools in popularity. Only 41% of likely Texas voters rate charter schools favorably and 45% rate school vouchers favorably, compared to 58% favoring local public schools and 62% giving public school teachers a positive rating.
- 59% of likely Texas voters, including 60% of rural Republicans and 67% of suburban Republicans, DISAGREE with the following statement: “Public schools aren’t getting the job done for our children. Funding charter schools instead will provide a good education to students.”
“These poll results show that Texas parents and Texas taxpayers support their public schools, have confidence in their teachers, and are demanding investment in all of our students’ education. They do not support a blank check for private school voucher giveaways and charter school CEOs,” said Julie Cowan, Co-Chair of Texas Parent PAC. “Parents of all political backgrounds and geographies know that these privatization schemes only hurt our local public school children.”
“Texas parents and taxpayers want to be absolutely clear to Governor Greg Abbott and every politician in office – don’t mess with our public schools,” said Dinah Miller, Co-Chair of Texas Parent PAC. “We demand fully-funded local public schools, well-paid and well-supported teachers, and curriculum based on real science and historical fact, not political ideology.”
Texas Parent PAC is a bipartisan political action committee for parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who supports high quality public education.
After a thorough evaluation, Texas Parent PAC endorses a select number of candidates from both major political parties. Endorsed candidates reflect traditional mainstream American values that honor and support 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.
Since its founding in 2005, Texas Parent PAC has helped to elect more than 85 state legislators, including 65 lawmakers currently serving. It has been ranked as one of the top “Power PACs” in Texas.