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Don't Wait for November: Vote in the March 5 Texas Primary

Voting in the Texas primary is critical -- if we only vote in November, we’re giving away half our vote. The district maps for the Texas House and Texas Senate were created so it’s already predetermined if a republican or democrat will represent the district. There are less than five “50/50” districts in the Texas House and none in the Texas Senate. In other words, if you want to have a say in who represents you in the Texas Capitol, you need to vote in March!

If I’m doing my job effectively, you already know the March 5th primary is quickly approaching. There are several great incumbent members of the Texas Legislature running for re-election who we’d like to see return to the Texas House and Senate over their primary challengers.

Armed with IMPACT dollars, I have been attending several campaign events and fundraisers providing support to pro-business candidates we’d like to have back. I know some of you have attended events, too.

Many of you live in areas with hotly contested races that will get even more intense as the election nears. As always, we encourage you to do your own research and reach out to the candidates or the campaign if you have questions or want to learn more. If you’re interested in learning who IMPACT has supported (or plans to support), please contact me.

Also, we can only provide information on the Texas House and Texas Senate race in your area. Many of you have plenty of local races (sheriff, county commissioners, judges) which aren’t on my radar, so make sure you review your sample ballot before heading to the polls.

There are three IIAT members on the ballot that could really use your support if you live in these areas:

  • Jeff Barry is running for an open seat in HD 29 in in Brazoria County.
  • Trey Wharton is running for an open seat in HD 12 in Walker, Madison, Washington, Grimes, & Robertson Counties & part of Brazos County.
  • Cole Hefner is running for re-election in Titus, Rains, Upshur, Camp, & Wood Counties & part of Smith County for HD 5.

Please reach out to me anytime you have questions about IIAT government affairs or want to learn more about campaigns, races, or IMPACT. Our team is always available to help our valued IIAT members.

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Regan Ellmer

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NOTE: The Texas Ethics Commission has strict prohibitions on contributions and expenditures and forbids a corporation or labor organization from making a political contribution or political expenditure. Therefore, IIAT members wishing to make a contribution to IMPACT must do so with a personal or partnership contribution. Corporate contributions are prohibited by law.

“It's vital to our industry to give to IMPACT. That is why we encourage all our team to contribute. The state political process is something that affects our entire organization. Even the smallest donation can help.”“ Frank Swingle, Swingle Collins & Associates