Report Cards & Voter Guides

TURF 2017 Voter Guide

TURF honoredResponses to the survey put together by Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom (TURF) have been compiled; view the results below. NOTE: If you do not see a candidate’s name or race below, it’s because he/she did not return our Voter Guide candidate survey.

San Antonio

SA Bond -

thumbs downVote ‘No’ on the entire San Antonio Bond.
The Bond would convert auto lanes into bike lanes and shrink road capacity actually causing congestion. It also asks further generations to repay billions in bond debt and will necessitate a tax increase down the road. City leaders need to prioritize existing tax revenues and focus on funding the core functions of government so they don’t have to continuously issue new bond debt to pay for basics like road and bridge repair.


Mayoral Race -

Ivy Taylor (incumbent) - Report Card as current Mayor is a ‘D’
Mayor Taylor did not return TURF candidate questionnaire. Taylor is big on central planning and believes in social engineering, meaning implementing policies that try to manipulate drivers to ditch their cars and get into transit or walk or bike to work. She did earn some points for the city appointees on the MPO ultimately voting to remove tolls from 281 & I-10.

Ron Nirenburg - Report Card grade is an ‘F’
This is based on his voting record at the local transportation policy board, the AAMPO. He’s consistently voted to toll San Antonio freeways even when other sources of funding have become available. Note: His candidate survey was a C- (he didn’t support tolling existing lanes, but supports all forms of tolling on new lanes and shrinking the number of auto lanes on roads to make way for bike-bus lanes). Translation: Your record speaks louder than words.

Manuel Medina - ‘A’

Keven Roles - ‘A’
(based on comments in multiple Mayoral forums)

Michael Idrogo - ‘A+’

Gerard Ponce - ‘A+’


Council District 4 -

Johnny Arredondo - ‘A’
(did not return our TURF survey, but was vetted by pro-taxpayer group with transportation question, which he answered favorably)


Council District 8 -

Cynthia Brehm - ‘B+’
(did not return our TURF survey, but was vetted by pro-taxpayer group with transportation question, which she answered favorably. Does favor gas tax hike.)


Council District 9 -

John Courage - ‘B+’
(Does favor gas tax hike.)

Patty Gibbons - ‘A+’

Patrick VonDohlen - ‘A+’


Council District 10 -

Reinette King - ‘A+’



SPECIAL DFW SECTION:

TURF honoredBelow are candidates who answered transportation questions favorably during a pro-taxpayer group’s vetting process. We lacked the resources to vet every one of these races on our own. We hope this is helpful to you.


Allen - Mayor

Naomi Emmett -


Arlington - Council District 3

Pablo Frias -


Carrollton - Mayor

Kevin Falconer -


Carrollton - City Council Place 6

Cynthia Northrop -


Colleyville - City Council Place 3

Kathy Wheat -


Colleyville - City Council Place 4

George Dodson -


Dallas - City Council Place 6

Linus Spiller -


Dallas - City Council Place 11

Candy Evans -


Denton - City Council Place 3

Donald Duff -


Garland - Council District 8

Robert John Smith -


Grapevine - City Council Place 6

Cory Huddleston -


Keller - Mayor

Rick Barnes -


McKinney - City Council At Large

Derek Baker -


McKinney - Council District 1

Dusttin Pearson -


Plano - Mayor

Lily Bao -


Plano - City Council Place 2

Anthony Ricciardeli -


Plano - City Council Place 4

Ed Acklin -


Plano - City Council Place 8

Rick Smith -

TURF 2016 General Election Voter Guide & TTH Endorsements

NOTE: Our focus for this voter guide is only on contested races

Vote ‘No’ on the Austin Transportation Bond
(See why here and here)


US Congressional Races

Toss-up, no good choice -
Will Hurd - CD 23 thumbs down(voted to continue taxpayer subsidies for toll roads and to allow more states to toll existing interstates by ‘Yes’ vote on the FAST Act.) vs. Pete Gallego (Earned F on TURF 2011 Session Report Card while a State Rep.)


Texas Supreme Court

thumbs upFor Texas Supreme Court, we recommend supporting all the current incumbents running for re-election (there are 3 up for re-election). They’ve been very good on property rights cases and have given us great case law to support future landowners faced with eminent domain abuse.


Texas State Representative Races

Valoree Swanson - HD 15 --  (A rated and endorsed by TTH endorsedTexans for Toll-free Highways)*
Jonathan Stickland - HD 92 --  (Earned A+ on TURF 2015 Session Report Card and endorsed by Texans for Toll-free Highways)*
Rodney Anderson - HD 105 --  (Earned B- on TURF 2015 Session Report Card and endorsed by Texans for Toll-free Highways)*
Matt Rinaldi - HD 115 --  (Earned A+ on TURF 2015 Session Report Card and endorsed by Texans for Toll-free Highways)*
John Lujan - HD 118 -- (A rated and endorsed by Texans for Toll-free Highways)*

No recommendation, for your information...
Cindy Burkett - HD 113  --  (Earned C grade on TURF 2015 Session Report Card)*
Kenneth Sheets - HD 107  --  (Earned C grade on TURF 2015 Session Report Card)*

* Opponent did not respond to survey.


Local Races

Sam Brannon - San Marcos Mayor (longtime anti-toll supporter and activist. Endorsed by TTH endorsedTexans for Toll-free Highways)*

Kevin Wolff - Pro-Toll incumbent for Bexar County Commissioner thumbs down(has a long history of supporting toll roads. During the primary race, Wolff campaigned taking credit for removing tolls from the Hwy 281 plan. Once he won, he came out advocating tolls on 1604 because he doesn’t fear his Democrat opponent. Also was recently arrested for drunk driving)*

* Opponent did not respond to survey.


TURF 2016 Primary Voter Guide & TTH Endorsements

Responses to the survey put together by Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom (TURF) have been compiled; view the results below.

US Congressional Race Endorsements

TTH endorsedTexans for Toll-free Highways (TTH) endorses these candidates for congressional races:

Matt McCall - CD 21  --  Challenging incumbent Lamar Smith
Russ Ramsland - CD 32  --  Challenging incumbent Pete Sessions
Steve Toth - CD 8  --  Challenging incumbent Kevin Brady


County Commissioner Race Endorsements

TTH endorsedTexans for Toll-free Highways (TTH) endorses these candidates for congressional races:

Rush Cone - Kendall County Precinct 4  --  Challenging incumbent Royce Steubing
Michael Koerner - Bexar County Precinct 3  --  Challenging incumbent Kevin Wolff
Rob Roark - Hays County Precinct 3  --  Challenging incumbent Will Conley


Statewide Judicial Race Endorsements

TTH endorsedTexans for Toll-free Highways (TTH) endorses these candidates for judicial races:

Michael Massengale - Supreme Court of Texas, Place 3
Rick Green - Supreme Court of Texas, Place 5
Eva Guzman - Supreme Court of Texas, Place 9

Ray Wheless - Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2
Brent Webster - Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5


TURF 2016 VOTER GUIDE

TURF honoredThose incumbents seeking re-election who earned an “A” on the 2015 TURF Report Card are automatically honored as Transportation Heroes. Those incumbents that consistently earned an “A” average over multiple sessions are honored as Transportation Champions.

TTH endorsedThe TTH Pledge: The Texans for Toll-free Highways (TTH) political action committee proudly endorses these candidates who signed its pledge to author and directly advance its pro-taxpayer, reform legislation on transportation. It is indicated if the candidate has signed the "TTH Pledge"

Those candidates who returned the TURF survey have that grade showing.


U.S. CONGRESSIONAL
NAMEDISTRICTGRADENOTE
John Slavens CD 3 (survey) A
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent Sam Johnson
Kaleb Sims CD 17 (survey) B- Challenging incumbent Bill Flores
Kathi Thomas CD 25 (survey) C Challenging incumbent Roger Williams


TEXAS SENATE
NAMEDISTRICTGRADENOTE
Bryan Hughes SD 1 (HD 5) (Avg.Grade) B+ TURF honored
Transportation Hero
David Simpson SD 1 (HD 7) (Avg.Grade) A- TURF honored
Transportation Champion
Lois Kolkhorst SD 18 (Avg.Grade) A+ TURF honored
Transportation Hero & Champion
Dawn Buckingham SD 24 (survey) A+ Open Seat
Brent Mayes SD 24 (survey) A+
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Open Seat


TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NAMEDISTRICTGRADENOTE
George Lavender HD 1 (survey) A Challenging incumbent
Gary VanDeaver (Avg.Grade) F
Bryan Slaton HD 2 (survey) A+
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent
Dan Flynn (Avg.Grade) D
Stuart Spitzer HD 4 (survey) A
(Avg.Grade) B+
Incumbent
Cole Hefner HD 5 (survey) A Open Seat
David Watts HD 7 (survey) A Open Seat
Michael Stanford HD 12 (survey) A+ Challenging incumbent
Kyle Kacal (Avg.Grade) F
Jess Fields HD 14 (survey) A
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent
John Raney (Avg.Grade) F
Will Metcalf HD 16 (Avg.Grade) A- TURF honored
Transportation Hero
Brent Goleman HD 17 (survey) A Challenging incumbent
John Cyrier (Avg.Grade) C-
Van Brookshire HD 18 (survey) B Open Seat
James White HD 19 (Avg.Grade) A- TURF honored
Transportation Hero & Champion
Terry Wilson HD 20 (survey) A
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent
Marsha Farney (Avg.Grade) F
John Keating HD 33 (survey) A Open Seat
Jay Wiley HD 47 (survey) A Challenging incumbent
Paul Workman (Avg.Grade) F
Larry Smith HD 54 (survey) A Open Seat
Molly White HD 55 (survey) A
(Avg.Grade) B+
Incumbent
Philip Eby HD 58 (survey) A Challenging incumbent
DeWayne Burns (Avg.Grade) F
Brent Graves HD 59 (survey) A Challenging incumbent
J.D. Sheffield (Avg.Grade) F
Mike Lang HD 60 (survey) A+ Open Seat
Read King HD 64 (survey) A
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Open Seat
Matt Shaheen HD 66 (Avg.Grade) A+ TURF honored
Transportation Hero
Jeff Leach HD 67 (Avg.Grade) A+ TURF honored
Transportation Hero
Scott Sanford HD 70 (Avg.Grade) A+ TURF honored
Transportation Hero
Kyle Biedermann HD 73 (survey) A
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent
Doug Miller (Avg.Grade) D-
Chris Byrd HD 73 (survey) A Challenging incumbent
Doug Miller (Avg.Grade) D-
Josh Crawford HD 81 (survey) A+
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent
Brooks Landgraf (Avg.Grade) C-
Jim Landtroop HD 84 (survey) A Challenging incumbent
John Frullo (Avg.Grade) F
Dalton Lytle HD 89 (survey) A+ Challenging incumbent
Jodie Laubenberg (Avg.Grade) B-
Jonathan Stickland HD 92 (Avg.Grade) A+ TURF honored
Transportation Hero & Champion
Tony Tinderholt HD 94 (Avg.Grade) B-
(survey) A+
Incumbent
Bo French HD 99 (survey) A+ Challenging incumbent
Charlie Geren (Avg.Grade) F
Jonathan Boos HD 113 (survey) A+ Challenging incumbent
Cindy Burkett (Avg.Grade) D
Dan Morenoff HD 114 (survey) A+ Challenging incumbent
Jason Villalba (Avg.Grade) D
Matt Rinaldi HD 115 (Avg.Grade) A+ TURF honored
Transportation Hero
Sheila Bean HD 121 (survey) A
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent
Joe Straus (Avg.Grade) F
Jeff Judson HD 121 (survey) A
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent
Joe Straus (Avg.Grade) F
Briscoe Cain HD 128 (survey) A+
& signed
TTH endorsed
TTH Pledge
Challenging incumbent
Wayne Smith (Avg.Grade) F


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