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Texas REALTORS® announces candidate endorsements

Texas’ largest association pledges its support to Texas lawmakers

January 27, 2010 — Austin

The Texas REALTORS® today announced its decision to endorse 33 candidates for Texas office in their contested primary races this March. In making the announcement, Texas REALTORS® Chairman Bill Jones applauded all the candidates for their commitment to the interests of Texas homeowners.

“Texas has been fortunate to weather the recent economic storm better than other parts of the country, thanks in large part to our healthy real estate market,” said Jones. “If we hope to continue, however, it’s critical that Texas lawmakers keep the interests of homeowners foremost. When they return to work in 2011, they’ll face tough budget decisions, but we cannot further increase the financial burden of property owners in Texas. The candidates Texas Realtors endorse today understand that, which is why we’ve pledged our full support.”

Currently, Texas ranks 45th out of 50 states in homeownership. Electing lawmakers who understand Texas homeowners’ concerns and who will work to lower the barriers to homeownership in Texas is the association’s top priority this election season. As the largest professional membership association in the state, the Texas REALTORS® expects to be a considerable grassroots force for all the candidates it has endorsed.

Texas Realtors have championed a number of legislative issues enhancing the lives of Texans, such as pursuing reforms to the property appraisal system in 2009, preventing a tax of $600 or more on the personal vehicles of independent businesspeople in 2007 and advocating for billions in property tax reductions in 2005. To learn more about Texas Realtors’ legislative advocacy on behalf of its members and homeowners, visit TexasRealEstate.com.

Candidate Endorsements

Governor

Rick Perry

Texas Senate

Bob Deuell (SD 2 – Greenville)
Steve Ogden (SD 5 – Bryan)
Florence Shapiro (SD 8 – Plano)
Carlos Uresti (SD 19 – San Antonio)
Jose Rodriguez (SD 29 – El Paso)

Texas House

Dan Flynn (HD 2 – Van)
Betty Brown (HD 4 – Terrell)
Tommy Merritt (HD 7 – Longview)
Charles “Chuck” Hopson (HD 11 – Jacksonville)
Fred Brown (HD 14 – College Station)
Rob Eissler (HD 15 – The Woodlands)
Dora Olivo (HD 27 – Missouri City)
Armando Martinez (HD 39 – Weslaco)
Tara Rios Ybarra (HD 43 – South Padre Island)
Edmund Kuempel (HD 44 – Seguin)
Patrick M. Rose (HD 45 – Dripping Springs)
Rob Orr (HD 58 – Burleson)
Sidney “Sid” Miller (HD 59 – Stephenville)
Myra Crownover (HD 64 – Denton)
Burt Solomons (HD 65 – Carrollton)
Mabrie Jackson (HD 66 – Plano)
Lanham Lyne (HD 69 – Wichita Falls)
Norma Chavez (HD 76 – El Paso)
Delwin Jones (HD 83 – Lubbock)
Mark Griffin (HD 84 – Lubbock)
Kelly Hancock (HD 91 – North Richland Hills)
Todd Smith (HD 92 – Euless)
Vicki Truitt (HD 98 – Keller)
Charlie Geren (HD 99 – Fort Worth)
Lyle Larson (HD 122 – San Antonio)
Addie Wiseman (HD 127 – Kingwood)
Al Edwards (HD 146 – Houston)

About Texas REALTORS®

With more than 125,000 members, Texas REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We are the advocate for REALTORS® and private property rights in Texas. Visit texasrealestate.com to learn more.