Endorsements Summary

October 23rd, 2008

This post recaps the Texas League of Conservation Voters – Political Committee’s endorsements this election cycle, and gives a little more information about key races the Political Committee decided to be involved in.

The TLCV-PC’s endorsements were based on three main criteria:

  1. Endorse the re-election of every Texas House member who scored an A+ on the League’s 2007 legislative scorecard.
  2. Endorse other pro-conservation incumbents who need our help because they are being challenged by anti-conservation candidates.
  3. Endorse pro-conservation challengers who have a chance to win with our help.

It should be noted that TLCV-PC has focused on the Texas House of Representatives. This is for two reasons. One, there is an opportunity to build a pro-conservation majority in the House. And two, given our limited resources, it was one battleground where our dollars and our involvement could make a difference. We did endorse three challengers for the Texas Senate – Chris Bell in District 17, Wendy Davis in District 10, and Joe Jaworski in District 11 – and we want them to be elected to the Senate. But we’ve focused on the House.

Here’s a look at the endorsements, broken out by metropolitan area/region. Key races we’re focused on include links to the candidates’ web sites.

Greater Houston Region

Dallas-Fort Worth Region

Austin-Central Texas Region

San Antonio Region

  • Rep. Joaquin Castro, 125
  • Rep. Joe Farias, 118
  • Rep. David McQuade Leibowitz, 117
  • Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, 116

Rio Grande Valley

  • Rep. Veronica Gonzales, 41
  • Rep. Eddie Lucio III, 38
  • Rep. Armando Martinez, 39
  • Rep. Rene O. Oliveira, 37

Coastal Bend Region

El Paso – West Texas Region

Heart of Texas Region

Laredo Region

  • Rep. Richard Raymond, 42

East Texas

The League’s Political Committee hopes Texas voters will remember to vote for clean air, clean water and clean energy this election by building a clean legislature. If you live in a district where we’ve made an endorsement, please vote for the pro-conservation candidate. If you don’t live in one of those districts, encourage your friends and relatives who do. And it’s not quite too late to invest in these races – give what you can today to help elect a pro-conservation majority in the Texas House.

From the top of the ballot to the bottom, there are clear choices for conservation voters this election season. Get educated and vote in every single race where you can make a difference for Texas’ environment.