The Parent PAC slate

I mentioned some of the candidates that have been endorsed by the Texas Parent PAC in this post, but since then they have released their full slate of endorsees.

Texas Senate

S.D. 9: Rep. Todd Smith, R-Euless
S.D. 11: Dave Norman, R-Seabrook
S.D. 25: Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio

Texas House of Representatives

H.D. 2: George Alexander, R-Greenville
H.D. 3: Cecil Bell, Jr., R-Magnolia
H.D. 5: Mary Lookadoo, R-Mineola
H.D. 7: Tommy Merritt, R-Longview
H.D. 9: Chris Paddie, R-Marshall
H.D. 24: Dr. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood
H.D. 29: Ed Thompson, R-Pearland
H.D. 57: Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin
H.D. 59: Dr. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville
H.D. 68: Trent McKnight, R-Throckmorton
H.D. 74: Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass
H.D. 92: Roger Fisher, R-Bedford
H.D. 94: Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington
H.D. 96: Mike Leyman, R-Mansfield
H.D. 97: Susan Todd, R-Fort Worth
H.D. 106: Amber Fulton, R-The Colony
H.D. 114: Jason Villalba, R-Dallas
H.D. 115: Bennett Ratliff, R-Coppell
H.D. 125: Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio
H.D. 138: Whet Smith, R-Houston
H.D. 150: James Wilson, R-Spring

State Board of Education

SBOE 7: Rita Ashley, R-Beaumont
SBOE 9: Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant
SBOE 15: Anette Carlisle, R-Amarillo

Of the 21 House races above, nine are in opposition to a sitting member:

HD02 – Rep. Dan Flynn
HD03 – Rep. Erwin Cain
HD05 – Rep. Bryan Hughes
HD07 – Rep. David Simpson
HD09 – Rep. Wayne Christian
HD57 – Rep. Marva Beck
HD59 – Rep. Sid Miller
HD96 – Rep. Bill Zedler
HD138 – Rep. Dwayne Bohac
HD150 – Rep. Debbie Riddle

They’re also targeting David Bradley in SBOE7. That House list contains some of the biggest chuckleheads in the lower chamber, so whatever hesitation I may have in my enthusiasm there’s no question that a few wins there would do a lot to make it a better place overall. As the Trib notes, in at least one of these races they’ll have some company in opposition.

There’s Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, defending himself in a redrawn district packed with voters he has never represented. The governor and the attorney general and the comptroller have endorsed Christian.

But many of the big trade associations that might normally be with those heavyweights are instead with Chris Paddie, a radio station manager and personality who has also served as Marshall’s mayor. Paddie has endorsements from trade groups for doctors, manufacturers, realtors, law enforcement groups, and even Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, whose Senate district overlaps the House district. While Christian been a reliable vote for social conservatives, the business groups say — for a variety of reasons — they can no longer count on him.

The story also notes that Rep. Beck has “institutional opposition”, though it doesn’t give any details. We’ll see if any of it matters.

UPDATE: Reps. Cain and Flynn were paired, with Cain declining to run and HD03 being left open. Made that correction, and added Rep. Bill Zedler in HD96, whom I had omitted earlier. Thanks to Carolyn Boyle with ParentPAC for the corrections.

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  2. SalG says:

    Very interesting. I received a robocallcall a few hours ago that said twice that no Democrats were running in HD-02. I was asked to vote in the Republican primary for George Alexander. I’m a Democrat. I wonder where ParentPAC obtained my home phone. I’m listed in the directory under a different first name and without an address.

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