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29 Apr
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Primary Runoff Elections to Watch!

Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are getting ready for the upcoming Texas Primary Runoff Elections.

If you voted in the Primary Election, please be sure to vote in the runoff if you have one taking place in your district! Texas election law requires that you vote in the same party runoff as the party primary you voted in for the Primary Election.

Please recall that a Primary Runoff Election determines who will represent a specific party in the November General Election. Many of the runoff elections listed below only mention Republican candidates because there is no runoff election for the Democratic candidate in that district, or vice versa. If you voted in a Primary but there are no candidates facing each other in a runoff, please continue researching the candidates who will face each other in the November general election.

Voter turnout is historically low in the Texas Primary Election, and even lower in Primary Runoff Elections. Early voting for the Primary Runoff Election begins May 19 and ends May 23. Please put this on your schedule if there is a primary runoff in your district! Primary Runoff Election day is May 27.

Please review the following list of Primary Runoff Elections below. We have included statewide races, as well as all Texas State Senate and Texas State House races where a runoff election is occurring.

Statewide Office Primary Runoff Elections

  • Current Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and State Senator Dan Patrick face each other for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
  • State Representative Dan Branch and State Senator Ken Paxton face each other for the Republican nomination for Attorney General.
  • Richard Kinky Friedman and Jim Hogan face each other for the Democratic nomination for Agriculture Commissioner.
  • Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller face each other for the Republican nomination for Agriculture Commissioner.
  • Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton face each other for the Republican nomination for Texas Railroad Commission Place 2.

Texas State Senate Primary Runoff Elections

Senate District 2

Incumbent Senator Robert “Bob” Deuell faces challenger Bob Hall for the Republican nomination.

Senate District 10

Challengers Konni Burton and Mark Shelton face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by State Senator Wendy Davis.

Texas State House Primary Runoff Elections

House District 10

Challengers T.J. Fabby and John Wray face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Representative Jim Pitts.

House District 16

Challengers Will Metcalf and Ted Seago face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Representative Brandon Creighton.

House District 53

Challengers Rob Henneke and Andrew Murr face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Representative Harvey Hilderbran.

House District 58

Challengers Dewayne Burns and Philip Eby face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Representative Rob Orr.

House District 66

Challengers Glenn Callison and Matt Shaheen face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Representative Van Taylor.

House District 76

Challengers Cesar Blanco and Norma Chavez face each other for the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Representative Naomi R. Gonzalez.

House District 102

Incumbent Representative Stefani Carter faces challenger Linda Koop for the Republican nomination.

House District 105

Challengers Terry Meza and Susan Motley face each other for the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Linda Harper-Brown.

House District 108

Challengers Morgan Meyer and Chart Westcott face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Dan Branch.

House District 129

Challengers Sheryl Berg and Dennis Paul face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by John E. Davis.

House District 132

Challengers Ann Hodge and Mike Schofield face each other for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Bill Callegari.

Please remember that EVERY VOTE MATTERS! If you have the opportunity to vote in a Primary Runoff Election, please do so!

Please feel free to use the valuable Teach the Vote resource from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) to review candidates’ responses to important questions about education and TRS. Teach the Vote can be found by clicking here.

We will continue providing information about the upcoming Primary Runoff Election throughout the next several weeks. Thank you for being a member of TRTA! If you are not a member of TRTA and want more information about joining, contact us at 1.800.880.1650.

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14 Apr
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TRTA 61st Annual Convention Right Around the Corner!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is finalizing plans for the 61st Annual TRTA Convention to be held in Dallas April 13-15, 2014. Nearly 1000 retirees are registered for the event already, which is taking place at the Sheraton Hotel Dallas on 400 N. Olive Street.

This year’s theme, “Lasso Our Legacy,” focuses on the accomplishments TRTA has made in the last 60 years and the challenges we face and successes we must achieve together in the next 60 years. Registration for the Convention is now closed; however, late registration is available onsite beginning at Noon on Sunday, April 13.

In addition to conducting the business of the association such as officer elections and bylaws amendment considerations, members will attend a number of training and educational sessions. A complete list of sessions, their descriptions and a schedule are available on our website here.

Legislation is always a key focus of our annual conventions, and despite 2014 being an interim year when the Legislature is not meeting, our members are ready to address the looming TRS-Care health insurance crisis. During the Legislative Breakfast being held the morning of April 15, members will hear from experts at TRS and area legislators about what is happening with their health care program and what potential solutions may be on the table in 2015.

Although the Legislative Breakfast is sold out already, the panel discussion will be broadcast live in the main hall (Dallas Ballroom BC). All attendees will have the opportunity to hear this important information, which begins at 7:00 a.m. on April 15.

2014 is an election year for statewide officials, and attendees will also hear from gubernatorial candidates Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis during the House of Delegates on April 15. To read more, please click here.

New to this year’s Convention is the TRTA Diamond Plus booth, found in the exhibit hall in the same area where registration will occur. Diamond Plus, a value-added program for members of TRTA, offers a permanent membership card, personalized attention, hassle-free membership renewals, and access to a special website with exclusive content from Executive Director Tim Lee and other TRTA leaders.

Members who pay their dues via payroll deduction or bank draft already are participants in Diamond Plus. Attendees who renew their dues for the 2014-2015 year via one of these methods can join Diamond Plus while at Convention by visiting the Diamond Plus booth. New participants will receive their permanent membership card on the same day! All Diamond Plus participants attending Convention will also be entered in a prize drawing for a brand new digital camera and will receive a unique Diamond Plus name badge holder.

For any questions about your registration or delegate certification, please contact our Membership Department at 1.800.880.1650 or email us at info@trta.org. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas soon! Please be sure to share our press release about Convention with your fellow retirees and media outlets.

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12 Mar
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TRTA Launches Initiative Reaching Out to Active School Personnel

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) has been working on a special project over the past several years to create a community for both active and retired school personnel. In the summer of 2013, the project was presented to the TRTA District Presidents and has been in the final development stages for the past several months. Our Facebook friends were able to get a sneak peek of this project last week!

Before the Bell is a website and email newsletter that provides classroom tools and features articles about projects implemented by schools all around Texas. The site also offers insights from active and former education employees and information about retirement. There are even entertaining articles about everything from travel to book reviews to recipes to grant opportunities. It is truly a one-stop education resource designed especially for Texas educators.

As TRTA puts the finishing touches on the project, we would love to hear from our members and friends! Please take some time to visit www.beforethebell.org and also to sign up for the free e-newsletter. You can sign up for the e-newsletter by submitting your name, email address, and zip code on the home page in the far right-hand column. The e-newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Monday.

To submit feedback, please send an email to info@trta.org. Is the site helpful and informative? What types of articles would you like to see on the site? Are there any site improvements you would like to suggest? Are you willing to submit original articles to be published on the site? Your feedback is vital to us as we make plans to deliver Before the Bell to all school districts in Texas.

TRTA hopes to make this site valuable not only for active school personnel such as teachers, principals, superintendents and administrative workers but also for retired educators who want to stay in the know about what’s happening in education in Texas. Please share this site with active school personnel and retirees you may know.

TRTA is leading the effort to help protect the benefits that retired and active school employees have earned. We must remain united in our efforts with active school employees as they carry the torch that was passed to them when our members retired.

Many positive things are happening in our public schools. Education employees are often criticized. This community will help all active and retired school employees stay focused on the good news in our schools and provide unique insights from current TRTA members about retirement.

Thank you for being a member of TRTA! If you are not a member of TRTA and want more information about joining, contact us at 1.800.880.1650.

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