November 19th, 2012
Pro-environment candidates and ballot measures had a big night on Tuesday. Voters from Houston to El Paso and from Fort Worth to San Antonio chose to support champions and causes for a clean environment. Here’s a summary of some “green wins” from election night:
In Texas Senate District 10, incumbent Wendy Davis defeated challenger Mark Shelton in a hotly contested race. Senator Davis has been a champion on environmental issues in Fort Worth and beyond. She will be a critical voice and vote in the Senate in the 2013 session.
In Texas House District 23 in Galveston, incumbent Craig Eiland defeated challenger Wayne Faircloth. Representative Eiland was a leader in the 2011 session in defeating some of the worst anti-environment legislation which came to the House floor. We are excited for him to return to the House for the 2013 session.
In Texas House District 34 in Corpus Christi and Texas House District 78 in El Paso, Abel Herrero and Joe Moody won their respective races. Abel and Joe earned 100% scores in TLCV’s 2009 Legislative Scorecard. It is a big win for the Texas environment to have them back in the House.
In Texas House District 144 in Houston, newcomer Mary Ann Perez won an open House seat. She will be a critically important voice for a district which is home to the Houston Ship Channel and faces significant challenges with pollution and public health.
In Texas House District 117 in San Antonio, Phil Cortez defeated incumbent John Garza. Garza earned an “F” on the TLCV 2011 Legislative Scorecard. We look forward to working with Cortez in the upcoming sesseion.
Unfortunately, some TLCV-PAC supported candidates, including Carol Kent, Robert Miklos, and Yvonne Gonzalez Tourielles, ran tremendous races, but fell short on election night. We thank them for the incredible energy and effort they put into these races and look forward to working with them in the future.
In Houston and Austin, voters passed important conservation bond measures. Voters in Houston approved $166 million in park improvement bonds for the conservation, improvement, acquisition, construction and equipment of neighborhood parks, recreational facilities and bayous. Voters in Austin approved $78 million in bonds for park improvement projects and $30 million to buy land or easements in environmentally fragile areas.
Lastly, the national League of Conservation Voters had a big win when in Texas Congressional District 23 challenger Pete Gallego defeated incumbent Francisco “Quico” Canseco. LCV had named Canseco to its “Dirty Dozen” list of legislators and backed Gallego throughout the race. This represents their biggest victory to date in the Lone Star State. Our congratulations go out to Team Gallego and national LCV.
Thank you for helping the Texas League of Conservation Voters-PAC fulfill its mission of working to elect candidates who support clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment.