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05 May
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Special Runoff Election for District 4

Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) who live in Senate District 4 need to get out to the polls this week!  A special election is being held on May 10 to fill the seat being vacated by State Senator Tommy Williams. Early voting for this special election began on April 28 and will continue through tomorrow, May 6. If you do not vote today or tomorrow, please get to the polls on Saturday, May 10!

A list of the candidates running for Texas Senate District 4 can be found here. This special election is occurring because Senator Williams will not continue to serve until his term would normally expire in 2016. Senator Williams played an important role in the Senate as the Chairman of the Finance Committee.

District 4 includes the following counties or portions of the following counties: Harris, Jefferson, Chambers, Montgomery and Galveston. Please review the map to determine if you are presently a constituent of Senator Williams.

Remember, this election is not a runoff, but a special election. All registered voters living within Senate 4 need to get out and vote!

As our members know, TRTA does not endorse candidates and our association leaders do not tell members for whom to vote.

However, many of our leaders and other members of TRTA are happy to answer the question “who are you voting for?” 

Your fellow members are great resources for gathering opinions and additional information about candidates.

Call your fellow TRTA members and begin those discussions now!

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 as well. Teach the Vote can be found by clicking here.

Early voting for the regular primary runoff election begins May 19 and ends on May 23. During early voting, you may vote at any polling location in your county. Check for early voting times and locations on your county voter registrar website(District 4 special election voting locations can also be found on the county registrar websites). To view a list of all county registrars and their contact information, visit this link.

Thank you for being a member of TRTA. Please continue to share your questions and thoughts with us as we prepare for the primary runoff elections. If you are not a member and want more information about joining, please contact our Membership Department at 1.800.880.1650. Be sure to like our Facebook page for more updates as they happen!

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30 Apr
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Primary Runoff Election Questions and Answers

Yesterday, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) shared an Inside Line with information about the upcoming Primary Runoff Elections. We received numerous questions about the voting process and hope to provide the answers our members are seeking.

As we mentioned yesterday, there is not a runoff for a State Senate or State Representative seat in every district. If this is the case for you, please be aware that there are still a few runoff elections occurring for statewide offices for which you may still cast a vote.

However, if you voted in the Republican primary earlier this year, you may only vote in the Republican primary runoff (but not a Democratic runoff). Likewise, if you voted in the Democratic primary, you may only vote in the Democratic primary runoff.

We had some members ask if they could vote in a primary runoff if they did not vote at all in the primary election earlier this year. The answer is yes, as long as you are a registered Texas voter, you may still vote in the primary runoff elections for the party of your choice.

If you are not sure if you are registered to vote, please use this link and enter your information. If you are not registered already, the deadline has passed to register to vote for the primary runoff election. You may still register to vote for the November election, and we encourage you to do so. Registration deadlines can be found here and information about how to register can be found here.

Early voting for the primary runoff election begins May 19 and ends on May 23. During early voting, you may vote at any polling location in your county. Check for early voting times and locations on your county voter registrar website. To view a list of all county registrars and their contact information, visit this link.

Votetexas.gov also provides an extensive list of questions and answers about the rules of voting in Texas. Visit this link to learn more.

A special election for Texas State Senate District 4 is being held on May 10 to fill the seat being vacated by State Senator Tommy Williams. Early voting for this special election began on April 28 and will continue through May 6. A list of the candidates can be found here. This special election is occurring because Senator Williams will not continue to serve until his term would normally expire in 2016.

As our members know, TRTA does not endorse candidates and our association leaders do not tell members for whom to vote. However, many of our leaders and other members of TRTA are happy to answer the question “who are you voting for?” Your fellow members are great resources for gathering opinions and additional information about candidates. Call your fellow TRTA members and begin those discussions now!

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 as well. Teach the Vote can be found by clicking here.

Thank you for being a member of TRTA. Please continue to share your questions and thoughts with us as we prepare for the primary runoff elections. If you are not a member and want more information about joining, please contact our Membership Department at 1.800.880.1650. Be sure to like our Facebook page for more updates as they happen!

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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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