Voter Guides for San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

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OFFICE FIRST NAME LAST NAME RECOMMEND
President Donald J. Trump Endorse
United States Senator John Cornyn Endorse
United States Representative, District 20     No Endorsement
United States Representative, District 21 Chip Roy Endorse
United States Representative, District 23 Tony Gonzales Favor
United States Representative, District 28 Sandra Whitten Favor
United States Representative, District 35 Jenny Garcia Sharon Endorse
Railroad Commissioner     No Endorsement
Supreme Court, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht Endorse
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Jane Bland Favor
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7 Jeff Boyd Endorse
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8 Brett Busby Endorse
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 Bert Richardson Endorse
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4 Kevin Patrick Yeary Endorse
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 David Newell Endorse
Member, State Board of Education, District 5 Lani Popp Endorse
State Senator, District 19 Peter P. “Pete” Flores Endorse
State Senator, District 21 Frank Pomeroy Endorse
State Senator, District 26     No Endorsemet
State Representative, District 116 Robert Litoff Favor
State Representative, District 117     No Endorsement
State Representative, District 118 Adam Salyer Endorse
State Representative, District 119 George Garza Favor
State Representative, District 120     No Endorsement
State Representative, District 121 Steve Allison Favor
State Representative, District 122     No Endorsement
State Representative, District 123     No Endorsement
State Representative, District 124     No Endorsement
Chief Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District Renee Yanta Endorse
District Judge, 37th Judicial District Joseph P. Appelt Endorse
District Judge, 5737th Judicial District     No Endorsement
District Judge, 73rd Judicial District     No Endorsement
District Judge, 131st Judicial District     No Endorsement
District Judge, 144th Judicial District Melisa Skinner  Endorse
District Judge, 166th Judicial District     No Endorsement
District Judge, 175th Judicial District     No Endorsement
District Judge, 379th Judicial District     No Endorsement
District Judge, 386th Judicial District Daphne Previti Austin Favor
District Judge, 399th Judicial District Walden Shelton Endorse
District Judge, 407th Judicial District     No Endorsement
District Judge, 408th Judicial District     No Endorsement
District Judge, 438th Judicial District     No Endorsement
Sheriff     No Endorsement
County Tax Assessor-Collector Stephen David Pennington Endorse
County Commissioner Pct. No. 1 Gabriel Lara Favor
County Commissioner Pct. No. 2     No Endorsement
County Commissioner Pct. No. 3 Trish DeBerry Endorse
Constable Pct. No. 1     No Endorsement
Constable Pct. No. 2     No Endorsement
Constable Pct. No. 3 Mark Vojvodich Endorse
Constable Pct. No. 4 Larry Ricketts Favor
North East ISD – Trustee, Place No. 1 Mike Osborn Endorse
North East ISD – Trustee, Place No. 3 Ione McGinty Endorse
North East ISD – Trustee, Place No. 4 Joseph Hoelscher Endorse
North East ISD – Trustee, Place No. 5 Cimmaron Gilson Endorse
North East ISD – Trustee, Place No. 6 Robert “Steve” Hilliard Endorse
City of San Antonio Proposition A     Against
City of San Antonio Proposition B     Against
Advanced Transportation District – Prop. A     Against
San Antonio ISD – Proposition A     Against
San Antonio ISD – Proposition B     Against

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO – PROPOSITION A
Sales and use tax for the “Pre-k 4 SA” early childhood education program.

*VOTE AGAINST – The “Pre-K for SA” program is a duplication of federal Head Start and local school districts’ role. Taxpayers already pay a school tax, so why should they pay another tax to the City for a city-operated school system. When students are staying home, and businesses are being closed because of the mayor and county judge’s direction, why do they want to gather children and teachers together? When businesses are closing, and people are unemployed, why is the city government taxing and spending? Finally, this is a program put together by former City Manager Sheryl Sculley to raise former Mayor Julian Castro’s national political fortune. It is NOT a needed program. Vote AGAINST.

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO – PROPOSITION B
Ready to work “SA Workforce” program for job training and scholarships, a reallocation of an existing sales & use tax resulting in no net tax increase.

*VOTE AGAINST – This is another waste of city taxpayers’ money for a municipal program that duplicates federal and state job-training programs. The city workforce grants are political payoffs that go to local non-profits who support the City’s political establishment. The City government should only fund projects and programs that benefit everyone, instead just some. Furthermore, taxpayers should not spend money on duplicate programs, and the city government should not spend money during the pandemic-caused economic crunch. Let private businesses keep the money to rebuild so they can hire workers. Otherwise, what’s the point of training anyone if there aren’t any jobs? The City must stop spending money on a duplicative job training program and stop reallocating funding except for critical public services like public safety, public works (streets and sidewalks), and drainage that benefit all citizens. Vote AGAINST.

ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT – PROPOSITION A
(Previously Created with Voter Approval by VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority) To provide enhanced public transportation and public transportation mobility options, the Advanced Transportation District (“District”) will utilize a one-eighth of one percent (1?8 of 1¢) sales and use tax.

*VOTE AGAINST – Again, why do taxpayers need a new tax during a period of economic stress, and why should they support a public transportation system that puts them close to each other when they are supposed to be socially-distanced? Furthermore, VIA is a public-funded agency, yet it has refused to allow an independent audit for public information. It has repeated wasted money on costly studies and consultants to build a streetcar system, even after taxpayers and voters said NO to the idea. Taxpayers do NOT need another tax or more public spending on a transportation system that is aloof, which goes against the pandemic guidance of social distancing, and creates another tax when citizens and businesses are suffering an economic downturn.

*RECOMMENDATIONS AND COMMENTARY BY GEORGE H. RODROGUEZ, EL CONSERVADOR

SAN ANTONIO ISD – PROPOSITION A
School Buildings Proposition

**VOTE AGAINST. This is a $1.2 Billion bond proposal, the largest bond ever proposed by the SAISD. In 2016, SAISD’s bond election raised $450 million but the taxpayers have yet to be provided a substantive report or analysis about that spending. In spite of all the money SAISD receives from the taxpayers, it is still not a “top-performing” school district in the state.

Children at Risk’s 2019 rankings report for Texas elementary school does not show SAISD schools figuring in the top schools in Texas. Apparently, the $450 million bond money did not transform or improve the quality of education and professional standards of SAISD. It shows two San Antonio BASIS schools (no. 297 and 721) and the Young Men’s Leadership Academy (no. 1219) out of the state’s 4579 statewide schools rated in the report. After these three specialized schools, there is Schenck Elementary (No. 1470) and Highland Park El (No. 1637). The rest of SAISD schools trail towards the bottom end of the schools reviewed.

What are the taxpayers paying for? The private charter schools and vouchers for students to attend the schools of their choice are alternatives taxpayers must be provided…instead of funding moribund and failing public schools. Taxpayers must not throw good money at the poorly performing public school system in San Antonio. VOTE AGAINST

SAN ANTONIO ISD – PROPOSITION B
School Technology Proposition

**VOTE AGAINST. Proposition B is a $90 million bond which will increase property taxes under the pretext of improving the technological training of students. However, should taxpayers pay for new technology in schools where many students are struggling with the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic? Technology would provide “new toys” for most students who should be taught basic academic skills. High performing students should be rewarded for their accomplishments rather than rewarding everyone with everything.

Keep it simple. Go back to the three “Rs” and develop higher standards of teaching our children the three essentials of “Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic”. VOTE AGAINST.

CONCLUSION:
Public schools need to be held accountable by taxpayers. If they are producing students who are academically underachievers, then alternatives like charter schools and vouchers for students are needed. Public schools need competition. Taxpayers must stop being forced to fund poorly performing public institutions. Texas families are better served by the education establishment providing every Texas child genuine reforms in public schools and authentic educational choice for every child.

**RECOMMENDATIONS AND COMMENTARY BY PHIL SEVILLA, PRESIDENT OF TLIPA,  AND GEORGE RODRIGUEZ, EL CONSERVADOR