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Below are the Texas Eagle Forum 2018 Candidate Endorsements lists. If you have any questions, please contact us. We’re continuing to update this list as we move forward.
United States Legislature
U.S. Senator – Ted Cruz
Congressional Dist. 1 – Louie Gohmert
Congressional Dist. 3 – Van Taylor
Congressional Dist. 5 – Bunni Pounds
Congressional Dist. 6 – Ron Wright
Texas State Legislature
Governor – Greg Abbott
Lt. Gov – Dan Patrick
Attorney General – Ken Paxton
Railroad Commissioner – Christi Craddick
Agriculture Commissioner – Sid Miller
Comptroller of Public Accounts – Glenn Hager
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5 – John Devine
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 – Michelle Slaughter
House Dist. 2 – Bryan Slayton
House Dist. 4 – Marty Reed
House Dist. 5 – Cole Hefner
House Dist. 6 – Matt Schaefer
House Dist. 8 – Thomas McNutt
House Dist. 9 – Garrett Boersma
House Dist. 11 – Danny Ward
House Dist. 13 – Jill Wolfskill
House Dist. 14 – Sarah Laningham
House Dist. 15 – Steve Toth
House Dist. 18 – Emily Kibodeaux
House Dist. 23 – Mayes Middleton
House Dist. 47 – Jay Wiley
House Dist. 52 – Jeremy Story
House Dist. 59 – Chris Evans
House Dist. 60 – Mike Lang
House Dist. 61 – Phil King
House Dist. 64 – Mark Roy
House Dist. 65 – Ron Simmons
House Dist. 66 – Matt Shaheen
House Dist. 67 – Jeff Leach
House Dist. 70 – Scott Sanford
House Dist. 73 – Kyle Biederman
House Dist. 83 – Dustin Burrows
House Dist. 86 – John Smith
House Dist. 87 – Drew Brassfield
House Dist 88 – Jayson Huddleston
House Dist. 92 – Jonathan Stickland
House Dist. 93 – Matt Krause
House Dist. 94 – Tony Tinderholt
House Dist. 96 – Bill Zedler
House Dist. 97 – Craig Goldman
House Dist. 98 – Armin Mizani
House Dist. 99 – Bo French
House Dist. 105 – Rodney Anderson
House Dist. 106 – Jared Patterson
House Dist. 108 – Morgan Meyer
House Dist. 113 Jonathan Boos
House Dist. 114 – Lisa Luby Ryan
House Dist. 115 – Matt Rinaldi
House Dist. 122 – Chris Fails
House Dist. 126 – Gail Stanart
House Dist. 128 – Briscoe Cain
House Dist. 131 – Tom Oliverson
House Dist. 132 – Mike Schofield
House Dist. 134 – Susanna Dokupil
House Dist. 150 – Valoree Swanson
State Senate Dist. 2 – Bob Hall
State Senate Dist. 5 – Charles Schwertner
State Senate Dist. 7 – Paul Bettencourt
State Senate Dist. 8 – Angela Paxton
State Senate Dist. 9 – Kelly Hancock
State Senate Dist. 10 – Konni Burton
State Senate Dist. 25 – Donna Campbell
State Senate Dist. 30 – Pat Fallon
State Senate Dist. 31 – Mike Canon
Various Judicial and County Races
Justice, 14th Court of Appeals Dist. Place 3 – Brett Busby
Justice, 1st Court of Appeals Dist. Place 8 – Michael Massengale
Justice, 5th Court of Appeals Dist. Place 11 – Tom Nowak
Justice, 5th Court of Appeals Dist. Place 12 – Jim Pikl
Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals Dist. Place 4 – Wade Birdwell
Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals Dist. Place 5 – Dabney Bassel
District Judge 233rd Judicial District – Kenneth Newell (Tarrant)
District Judge 322 Judicial District (Family) – James Munford
District Judge 323rd Judicial District (Juvenile) – Alex Kim
District Judge 325th Judicial District (Family) – Cynthia Favila Terry
District Judge 342nd Judicial District – Pat Gallagher
County Tax Assessor, Collector – Mike Snyder
Judge County Probate Court at Law No.1 – Patricia Cole
Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No 4 – Deborah Nekhom
Justice of the Peace, Place 6 – Chris Garcia
Collin County Judge – Chris Hill
District Judge 219th Civil Dist. Court – Collin County – Jennifer Edgeworth
Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 2 – Erin Swanson
County Judge Lubbock County – Gary Boren
Texas Home School Coalition – thsc.org/political-action/
Texas Right to Life – texasrighttolifepac.com/
Empower Texans – empowertexans.com/2018-
Texas Values – txvalues.org
Below is Texas Eagle Forum’s 2017 Legislative Scorecard with Senate and House vote explanations and conservative ratings of your legislators. Click below to view:
By Bethany Jarrell, Guest Writer and current Texas Eagle Forum intern.
Texas Eagle Forum Devotionals (#TEFDevo)
What would you do if you took a month to completely unplug? No screens. Not a movie, a TV episode, a quick Facebook scroll or an Insta-story. For a solid month. Could you do it?
For as long as I can remember, my family has made it a point to do exactly that during the month of August. Growing up, my friends mourned with me as August approached. As an adult, most look at me strangely when I attempt to explain why I disappear from social media for so long.
Even as I write this, I am on day 14 of our month turned off. And it is glorious.
The first week is torture.
I delete all of my apps that would tempt me to distract myself and I find my thumb hovering over a spot where an icon should be. After those first days, I start to notice a few more details in my interactions that amuse me and I find I am no longer looking for a way to phrase my “noticings” to humor the few hundred followers I have accumulated on Instagram.
Halfway through, I might check into Facebook to make sure I hadn’t missed a message, only to realize that the noise and clamor of political posts, those weird quizzes to find out what herb you are, and videos of people trying to smear lipstick all over their faces no longer holds as much entertainment as it did a few weeks before. (No offence, lippies. I’m sure your product is still fabulous.)
It is in this time I reflect on the changes in my life since deleting my apps, turning off my notifications, and generally avoiding the mindless distraction that is so readily available.
And here is what I found:
- I feel infinitely more creative – Given back the time no longer wasted away on my phone, I am looking for more outlets of productivity. I built a bookcase, bought a set of watercolors, and have actually written more like I said I would ‘if only I had more time’.
- I am more focused – Not at first. The initial struggle of not falling into old habits is a tedious battle. The weekends are even harder. No Netflix binging or Twitter Trolling for this girl. Instead, I sit to read the book I bought at the beginning of the year and organize my planner for the upcoming semester of grad school.
- I am more intentional with my friendships – I may not know what they ate for lunch or what funny little thing their toddler said. I might miss an engagement announcement or an occasional invitation. But the connections that bring me life are given the opportunity to be poured into and shaped into something no Facebook post could accomplish. The other night, I had an hour-long conversation with my fourteen and twelve year old brothers about leadership and bravery. We got out the book of Joshua and counted the number of times the Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous.
- I pray more – There is nothing I love more by the end of August than paying attention to the little changes in my relationship with my Heavenly Father. Inevitably, He uses this time to help me process the previous months and prepare for those ahead. I spend more time reading and memorizing scripture and watching it impact my decisions and relationships. My prayers are less drive-thru demanding and more five-course dine-in satisfying.
And all of those changes are what make September so hard. As long as it is August, I have a compelling reason to stay “disconnected”. But the first days of September are a tussle between the side of me that wants to pull a Kuzco and boom-baby my way back onto social media and the side that is desperate to hold onto what August brought me.
By the end of the month my life is not extraordinarily different. Only exceptionally fuller, purposed, and peaceful.
I promised myself I would not end this with a challenge for you to do the same thing I do. You wouldn’t have the exact same experience anyway. But I will attempt to summarize my thoughts with this:
Our world is full and the noise can be overwhelming, and the stillness we long to have even briefly is harder than ever to find. Tragedy, celebration, and victory will all come in waves but fighting to clear the air and settle our souls is a worthy endeavor.
Appropriately paraphrased in The Message, Psalm 46:10 says:
“Attention, all! See the marvels of God! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, Bans war from pole to pole, breaks all the weapons across his knee. ‘Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.’”