The first quarter of 2018 is in the books and a lot happened. There is plenty to look forward to and be ready for. Texas had Primary Elections, a Region 10 School, and made a huge push for contributions for Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF).
We have several new candidates to choose from in District 2, 7, 14, 18, 22, 29, and 36. Since Ted Poe decided not to seek re-election District 2 is up for grabs and is still waiting on a run off for the Republican Party but the democratic candidate result was in favor of Todd Litton. The Republican Party candidates are Kevin Roberts and Dan Crenshaw.
In District 7 the incumbent Republican John Culberson will wait for the results of a run off for the democratic candidate between Lizzie Fletcher and Laura Moser to decide his opponent.
In District 9 was unopposed and our long time friend Al Green will remain in office.
In District 14 the incumbent Randy Weber is still the republican candidate but will be challenged by Adrienne Bell for the Democratic Party.
In District 18 Ava Pate on the Republican Ticket will oppose Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
District 22 has Republican candidate Pete Olson (incumbent) being challenged by either Sri Kulkarni or Letitia Plummer.
District 29 was vacated when Gene Green decided not to seek re-election. Democrat Sylvia Garcia will have to wait for the run off results between Phillip Aronoff and Carmen Montiel of the Republican Party to find out who her opponent will be.
In District 36 Republican incumbent Brian Babin will face off against the democratic candidate Dayna Steele. I would like to wish all the candidates good luck in the primary run off elections, May 22, 2018, and the general election and look forward to being able to work with the elected representatives.
No matter the out come of the elections Letter Carriers need to have a voice on the Hill. Nothing has changed and the need to donate to the LCPF is just as important now as it has ever been. Automatic contributions to LCPF insure we can continue to let our representatives know we appreciate their support on issues related to our wages, retirements, and jobs. If you are not contributing to LCPF and would like to start contact one of your state officers or local committee members today!
Lastly recapping the training provided by Letter Carrier Political Organizers Ed Morgan and John Beaumont at the Region 10 School will have a great impact for our Letter Carrier Congressional Liaison’s (LCCL) with returning representatives and when building relationships with any new representatives. Our LCCLs will have the skills to ensure the correct message is passed along to our representatives and that the support we need will be had.
Make sure you stay up to date with issues affecting letter carriers in the Senate and the House and make the automatic contributions to LCPF. It’s what protects our livelihood and gives us a voice in Washington, D.C. Make sure to get out and vote in the primary run offs and the general election for the candidate that best represents you!
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