United States Senator
This is an open seat created when US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison announced retirement. The US Senate seat is a six-year term. This Senator will serve with US Senator John Cornyn in representing Texas in the US Senate. The Republican primary winner will face Democrat, Libertarian, and Green Party challengers in November. Grassroots America – We the People endorses ## Ted Cruz in this race
Joe Agris No web site listed
David Dewhurst http://www.daviddewhurst.com/
Tom Leppert http://www.tomleppert.com/
Video from GAWTP US Senate Debate
United States Representative District 1
Texas Railroad Commission
The Texas Railroad Commission is a major state agency. Despite its name, the agency has nothing to do with railroads. It turned over its last bit of authority over Texas railroads to the state’s transportation commission in October 2005. The TRC has regulatory jurisdiction over the oil and gas industry, pipeline transporters, the natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry, natural gas utilities, the LP-gas industry, and coal and uranium surface mining operations. Railroad Commissioners are elected to six-year terms with one Commissioner seeking election every two years. When a Commissioner is appointed by the Governor to fill an unexpired term, the appointee serves until the next General Election at which time the appointee may run for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Candidates for Texas Railroad Commissioner Place 1
This election will fill a vacancy left on the TRC when Elizabeth Ames Jones resigned to run for a state senate seat in the San Antonio area. The Republican Primary winner will face Democrat, Libertarian, and Green Party challengers in November.
The Grassroots America Board was unable to reach the seven vote consensus required for an endorsement; however, we recommend a vote for either ## Becky Berger or ## Roland Sledge.
Becky Berger is a professional geologist with over two decades of experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry — both domestically and internationally. She has both field operations and budget/investment experience. We believe her well-rounded experience and understanding of the oil and gas business is needed on the Texas Railroad Commission. We believe Mrs. Berger will be a champion for private property rights, states’ rights, energy independence and will fiercely battle the out-of-control EPA in Texas.
Roland Sledge in his own words: “As your Railroad Commissioner, I will fight every attempted incursion by the federal government to regulate any aspect of the state’s oil and gas industry, which has been ably regulated by the commission for the better part of a century. I intend to employ all the powers and authority available to me as a commissioner, as well as act in cooperation with other state agencies to thwart Washington’s ambitions.” We have no doubt that Roland Sledge’s 35 years as an oil, gas and energy attorney will serve Texas well on the Railroad Commission. Sledge is ready to battle the EPA to protect jobs and our energy development in Texas.”
Joe Cotton No web site listed
Candidates for Texas Railroad Commissioner Place 2
The incumbent serves as Chairman of the TRC and was appointed last year by Gov. Perry to fill the vacancy created by Michael Williams (resigned to run for Congress). No Democrat is running for this position, which is an unexpired term ending in 2014. The Republican nominee will face a Libertarian and Green Party challenger in November.
Grassroots America – We the People endorses ##Greg Parker in this race. Mr. Parker has an impressive education and background in economics, energy, and public policy. He has authored a book on global warming and its use as a pretext to over-regulate the Oil & Gas industry and expand government. Mr. Parker seems to understand the threat of the EPA and government mandates linked to UN Agenda 21 very well. He is energetic, engaging, articulate, and smart. He appears to be unbeholden to any special interest or to the Austin political ruling class. We believe he will be an asset to the Commission and a bold, ardent defender of states’ rights and individual liberty.
Video from GAWTP Candidate Forums for Railroad Commission Candidates
Railroad Commission Forum #1 http://youtu.be/GgJybDwRG80 VIDEO
Railroad Commission Forum #2 http://youtu.be/My8qy–kmFM0 VIDEO
Additional footage showing introduction http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22511116
Texas Judicial Races
Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 2
The Republican primary winner in this race will face a Libertarian challenger in November. Based on Justice Don Willett’s record as one of the most distinguished conservative, strict constructionist jurists in this country and his A+ rating by the Heritage Alliance, the Grassroots Board recommends a vote for ## Justice Don Willett.
Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 4
The Republican primary winner in this race will face a Libertarian and Green Party challenger in November. Based on the Heritage Alliance (Heritage/Eagle Forum/Liberty Institute) voter guide A rating, the Grassroots America Board recommends a vote for ## Joe Pool, Jr.
Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6
The Republican primary candidate is unopposed in the primary, but will face a Democrat, Libertarian and Green Party challenger in November.
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1
The primary candidate is unopposed, but faces a November Democrat opponent.
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7
The primary candidate is unopposed, but faces a November Libertarian opponent.
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8
The primary candidate is unopposed, but faces a November Libertarian opponent.
Member, State Board of Education, District 9
What is the State Board of Education? Composed of 15 members, the board adopts rules and establishes policies that govern educational programs and services provided by Texas public schools. The commissioner of education serves as chief executive officer of the board and supervises the administration of board rules through the Texas Education Agency. Together the board, the commissioner, and the agency facilitate the operation of a vast public school system consisting of 1,237 school districts and charter schools, more than 8,400 campuses, more than 659,000 educators and other employees, and more than 4.8 million schoolchildren.
The board designates and mandates instruction in the knowledge and skills that are essential to a well-balanced curriculum. It also reviews and adopts instructional materials (textbooks) based on those standards. The board oversees the investment of the Permanent School Fund, approves the creation of charter schools, and adopts regulations and standards for the operation of adult education programs provided by public school districts, junior colleges and universities. [Source TEA website]
The winner of the Republican Primary will face a November Libertarian opponent.
Grassroots America – We the People endorses ##Randy Stevenson for the State Board of Education. Mr. Stevenson represented us well when he served on the State Board of Education from 1995-1999. Randy is a strong defender of traditional Texas values and understands the need for academically rigorous, factually sound, and accurate textbooks. We applaud his ideas and vision for a return to vocational/technical education and training for students not suited for the college track. Stevenson’s financial background will be a tremendous asset in safeguarding and growing the Permanent School Fund for textbooks. We appreciate Randy Stevenson stepping up to serve again when the school children of Texas need stable leaders with a strong moral compass and the courage to fight political correctness.
Video/Audio from GAWTP Candidate Forums (Mr. Ratliff had a family situation which prevented him from appearing on the original date with Mr. Stevenson)
State Legislative Candidates who serve in Austin
(state representatives and senators)
State Senator, District 1
The Republican incumbent is unopposed in the primary; however, he faces a Democrat challenger in November.
Kevin P. Eltife (incumbent) No web site listed
State Representative, District 5
The Republican Primary race will decide this seat. There are no November challengers.
Grassroots America – We the People endorses ## State Representative Bryan Hughes. When the dust settled on the redistricting legal wrangling, Representative Bryan Hughes’ district was drawn into Smith County, and State Representative David Simpson was drawn out. We urge Smith County voters to become acquainted with Representative Hughes and his consistently conservative voting record. He acknowledges that the legislature must end the accounting gimmicks, deferrals, tax speed-ups and diversions to balance the state budget, and he is most knowledgeable about the flaws of the state budget process. We believe Hughes will be a strong champion for the Conservative Budget Compact and much-needed state government reforms. Hughes has the temperament to forge coalitions to get work done in Austin. We urge the re-election of Bryan Hughes to the state legislature.
State Representative, District 6
The Republican Primary winner will face a Libertarian challenger in November.
Grassroots America endorses ## Matt Schaefer for Texas House District 6.
Read the GAWTP Endorsement: Why we endorsed Matt Schaefer
Justice, 12th Court of Appeals District, Place 3
Justice Griffith has no primary challenger; no Democrat challenger in November.
Sam Griffith (incumbent) No web site listed
Elsa Alcala (incumbent) http://judgeelsaalcala.com/