Exercising your right to vote reinforces the values you believe our country should live by. Women can help guide our countries decisions by voting.
Primary elections took place in Texas in March 2014 followed by the runoff elections in May. In Texas, if you did not vote in the primary election you are still eligible to vote in the runoff election as long as you are registered to vote. A runoff election is between two candidates that did not garner over 50% of the vote and are representing the same political party.
There were three women in Texas who ran for the United States Senate this past election cycle; Linda Vega, a republican from Weslaco, Kesha Rogers, a democrat from Houston, and Maxey Scherr, a democrat from El Paso. Unfortunately, none of these women made it past the primary elections. Candidates must receive more than 50% of the votes cast to be declared the winner.
There were thirteen women in Texas who ran for United States Representative in the U.S. primary election, 7 republicans and 6 democrats.
Kay Granger is the current U.S. Representative in Texas for Tarrant County and has been since 1997. Congresswoman Kay Granger is the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democrat candidates who won the primary election for U.S. Representative are Shirley McKellar, Tyler, Tawana W. Cadien, Harris County, Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston, and Eddie Bernice Johnson from Dallas. Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Eddie Bernice Johnson have both been members of congress serving since 1995 and 1993. In order for a member of Congress to leave their seat, they must either step down or be voted out. That information is important to know because these are the people who represent you and your values when voting on major legislation that sets law for our country.
There are a few races on the state level that are receiving a lot of attention close to home. One of them being the gubernatorial race between current Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott, representing the Republican Party and State Senator Wendy Davis, representing the Democratic Party. Governor Rick Perry will not be running for a fourth term. This election will take place on November 4th. If Davis assumes office, she will be the third female in Texas to represent the Governor’s office. The last female to represent the Governor’s office was democrat, Ann Richards, 1991-1995. Governor’s races are costly. Candidates will raise millions of dollars to influence your vote. According to political finance reports posted in July, Greg Abbott had raised aprox. 35.6 million dollars and Wendy Davis had raised 13.1 million dollars. Both candidates recently participated in last of two political televised debates.
Another election that is receiving a lot of attention in the 2014 general election is the Senate District 10 race. Since 2009, Wendy Davis has held this office. Senate District 10 has been flipping back and forth between Republican and Democrat run since 2004 and the Republicans want the seat back. Konnie Burton is the Republican Party choice and Libby Willis is the democrat running. They are very close in the polls.
Locally, during the primary election, Sharen Wilson won by a clear majority. She received over 50% of the votes cast for the office of Tarrant County District Attorney and does not have a democrat opponent in the November election. Sharen Wilson will be the very first female to represent this office. Wilson had two other opponents during the primary election. Neither came close to Wilson’s votes.
The demographics in Texas have changed significantly over the past decade. The Hispanic vote has grown significantly. There is a large emphasis from both parties on gaining the Hispanic vote. It is reported that Aprox. 39% of Hispanics vote. This population will continue to grow and gain significance in Texas.
Hispanic Republicans of Texas is a political activist group started by candidate for Texas State Land Commissioner, George P. Bush, Dr. Juan Hernandez of Fort Worth and other statewide leaders. Its purpose is to groom and encourage Hispanics to run for office at all levels.
Women’s vote is important. They are usually a leader of their household and feel passionate about issues. Now more than ever before women are running and holding office in our country. We hope that you will become involved in the political process at any level. Your voice, knowledge and opinions are needed and cherished. It takes courage. But with the right support system women can do anything! We hope you will stay informed and take an active role in today’s electoral process. Now is the perfect time to become involved. There is no better way to shape our country, state or community. Remember to vote November 4th!