Election 2020 Primary

This is an archived page for the 2020 Texas March Primary Election.

Important Dates

Monday, February 3: Last day to register to vote
Tuesday, February 18: First day of early voting
Friday, February 28: Last day of early voting
Tuesday, March 3: Primary Election Day

Important links:
Texas AFT Endorsements/Recommendations (below)
VoteTexas.gov (the official state site for election, registration information and your district/precinct information)
Who Represents Me? (Find your current state and federal elected officials and their districts)
List of Candidates (Texas Tribune’s page to search to find candidates by your address)

AFT Votes
AFT National Election Site with links to the Endorsement Process, Surveys, Candidate Forum and Issues Videos and More.

Why this election is important

From the school house to the State House, public school employees are standing up for Texas schoolchildren. We won over $6.2 billion in new school funding for our public schools in the recent legislative session. This victory was the result of our union’s hard work of flipping 12 Texas House seats and 2 Senate seats to “pro-public education.” We changed the agenda at the State Capitol helping lawmakers make a first real down payment on our children’s futures. Now is our time to make our voices heard, mobilize to take real action, and vote in the upcoming election.

Our work matters and gets results:
• $6.2 billion in new funding for public education
• Pay raises for all Texas public school employees
• Blocked voucher legislation and slowed the expansion of charter schools
• 13th check for retirees while setting up the potential of winning a COLA increase

We will continue to fight for:
• Additional funding for public education providing a real investment for our neighborhood schools and colleges
• Increased salaries and improved healthcare benefits giving employees the freedom to live securely
• Safe and welcoming environments in our schools, lower class sizes, and wrap-around resources for our students
• The freedom to teach and the freedom to care so we may meet our students’ needs

Steps you can take to get involved!

Register to vote:
Nearly 80 percent of Texas AFT members voted in the last election. This means that we have real power to make a difference, and we have the momentum to build a pro-public school majority in the Texas House of Representatives. We encourage everyone to check their voter registration status and make any necessary changes before the next election. Learn more by visiting

Make a political contribution:
Electing candidates that support our values is necessary if we are to stand up for our public schools. No member dues money is used to support candidates, but members may make a voluntary
financial contribution to our Committee on Political Education (COPE). COPE is our political fund that helps us elect and build a “pro-public school” majority. Learn more and make a contribution
by visiting www.texasaft.org/COPE.

Volunteer and help us win:
We cannot win in any election without volunteers. Making a commitment to our union’s political work will help us win on the issues affecting our families and public schools. Making phone calls, knocking on doors, and encouraging our co-workers to vote get results. Texas is a big state, and we need help to reach out and mobilize our communities to vote. We cannot afford to sit back and watch this next election pass us by. Now is our opportunity to do the hard work and elect “pro-public school” candidates. Sign up to become a Texas AFT political volunteer by visiting

Join the conversation:
We invite you to share your views and opinions on the issues most important to you in this election. Join our new private Facebook group, “School House Votes.” Tell your co-workers and visit

Texas AFT Primary Endorsements and Recommended Candidates

(D=Democratic, R=Republican, CD=U.S. Congressional District, SD=Texas Senate District, HD=Texas House District)
Find out who represents you.

A note on endorsements: Texas AFT does not endorse/recommend in all races. If your district is not represented in our list, we urge you to ask the candidate questions about the issues above to help make a decision.

U.S. Congress (recommended)

Adrienne Bell, D-CD 14
Gina Ortiz Jones, D-CD 23
Julie Oliver and Heidi Sloan (dual recommendation), Ds-CD-25
Jessica Cisneros, D-CD 28

Texas Senate

Judith Zaffirini, D-SD 21
Jose Menendez, D-SD 26
Ruben Cortez, D-SD 27

Texas House

Gary VanDeaver, R-HD 1
Keith Bell, R-HD 4
Travis Clardy, R-HD 11
Ernest Bailes, R-HD 18
Dade Phelan, R-HD 21
Ron Reynolds, D-HD 27
Todd Hunter, R-HD 32
Abel Herrero, D-HD 34
Oscar Longoria, D-HD 35
Sergio Munoz, D-HD 36
Amber Medina, D-HD 37
Armando Martinez, D-HD 39
Terry Canales, D-HD 40
Erin Zweiner, D-HD 45
Sheryl Cole, D-HD 46
Vikki Goodwin, D-HD 47
Donna Howard, D-HD 48
Gina Hinojosa, D-HD 49
Celia Israel, D-50
Eddie Rodriguez, D-51
Hugh Shine, R-HD 55
Trent Ashby, R-HD 57
JD Sheffield, R-HD 59
Michelle Beckley, D-HD 65
Drew Darby, R-HD 72
Mary Gonzalez, D-HD 75
Elise Tamayo, D-HD 76
Lina Ortega, D-HD 77
Joe Moody, D-HD 78
Art Fierro, D-HD 79
Four Price, R-HD 87
Ramon Romero, D-HD 90
Nicole Collier, D-HD 95
Giovanni Capriglione, R-HD 98
Charlie Geren, R-HD 99
Lorraine Birabil, D-HD 100
Chris Turner, D-HD 101
Ana Maria Ramos, D-HD 102
Rafael Anchia, D-HD 103
Jessica Gonzalez, D-HD 104
Terry Meza, D-HD 105
Victoria Neave, D-HD 107
Carl Sherman, D-HD 109
Toni Rose, D-HD 110
Yvonne Davis, D-HD 111
Rhetta Bowers, D-HD 113
John Turner, D-HD 114
Julie Johnson, D-HD 115
Trey Martinez Fischer, D-HD 116
Philip Cortez, D-HD 117
Leo Pacheco, D-HD 118
Diego Bernal, D-HD 123
Ina Minjarez, D-HD 124
Ray Lopez, D-HD 125
Robert Hoskins, R-HD 128
Ryan Lee, R-HD 129
Alma Allen, D-HD 131
Gina Calanni, D-HD 132
Jon Rosenthal, D-HD 135
John Bucy, D-HD 136
Gene Wu, D-HD 137
Jarvis Johnson, D-HD 139
Armando Walle, D-HD 140
Senfronia Thompson, D-HD 141
Mary Ann Perez, D-HD 144
Shawn Thierry, D-HD 146
Garnet Coleman, D-HD 147
Penny Morales Shaw, D-HD 148
Hubert Vo, D-HD 149

Pol. adv. paid for by Texas AFT COPE