In 2020, Texas AFT ran an unparalleled educator-led political program that turned out a record 96,000 of union educators, former members, and retirees for pro-public education candidates up and down the ballot, helping break early voting records across Texas in the process. Texas AFT members made significant member contributions to incumbents and challengers in competitive districts across Texas:
- Over 125,000 views on candidate virtual town halls where AFT members could share their COVID-19 stories around the state;
- 20,000 hand-written ‘Thank You For Voting’ postcards to members and retirees in key districts;
- Delivery of 10,000 “Vote Safe Kits” to members and retirees including a pair of disposable gloves, a mask, and hand sanitizer; and
- Over 10,000 member phone calls and 100,000 peer-to-peer text messages
Texas 2020 Victory Highlights:
- House District 134 in Houston:
Ann Johnson, stalwart public education advocate, enjoyed the support of thousands of Houston Federation of Teachers members and retirees in her district to power her bid over a long-term incumbent.
- State Board of Education Place 5:
Rebecca Bell-Metereau won a tough race to add a pro-educator voice to the SBOE, which has purview over charter school applications in the State of Texas.
- State Senate District 19:
State Rep. Roland Gutierrez was powered in his victory by the thousands of AFT members and retirees in his Bexar County district. This Senate pickup breaks the GOP supermajority, which gives pro-public education forces a little more power in the Capitol.
Texas AFT helped maintain pro-public education victories in 2018, defending nine endorsed Texas House freshman incumbents and two Congressmen and women. Texas AFT also assisted Local unions with school board victories in Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi, and Fort Bend.