Ten State House Candidates Receive Donations
Two contributions are for State Board of Education Candidates
The Executive Board of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus (TSDC) voted unanimously on September 12 to contribute $500 each to 12 Democratic candidates running for the Texas House and the State Board of Education. After much discussion, the TSDC Board adopted the position that the $6,000 it had budgeted for campaign contributions would have greater impact in helping Democrats take control of the State House of Representatives and the Board of Education. Notwithstanding its decision in allocating its financial resources, all Executive Board members expressed commitment toward helping elect statewide Democratic candidates through local chapter activities.
Seven (7) of the contributions are being made to the following Democratic State House members who are facing stiff challenges from Republicans:
Valinda Bolton (District 47-Austin)
Diana Maldonado (District 52-Round Rock)
Paula Pierson (District 93-Arlington)
Robert Miklos (District 101-Mesquite)
Carol Kent (District 102-Dallas)
Kristi Thibaut (District 133-Houston)
Ellen Cohen (District 134-Houston)
Three (3) contributions were sent to the following Democrats who have an excellent chance of unseating Republican incumbents:
Pati Jacobs (District 17-Bastrop)
Loretta Haldenwang (District 105-Irving)
Kendra Yarbrough Camarena (District 138-Houston)
The final two (2) contributions were made to two Democrats who are strong challengers to Republican incumbents in State Board of Education races:
Rebecca Bell-Metereau (District 5)
Judy Jennings (District 10)
If Bell-Metereau and Jennings win their races, Democrats will control the State Board of Education, which has been dominated by far-right religious extremists the past four years.
TSDC is the officially recognized lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) caucus of the Texas Democratic Party and is a general-purpose political committee, or PAC, registered with the Texas Ethics Commission. One of the purposes of the TSDC is to help elect pro-equality Democratic candidates in order to promote the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in Texas.
For more information about TSDC go to: http://www.texasstonewalldemocrats.org
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