Special Election February 2015

Background

On December 15th, Gov. Rick Perry set Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the special election date to fill three legislative seats being vacated including two in Bexar County districts – Senate District 26 (Sen. Leticia Van de Putte) and House District 123 (Rep. Mike Villarreal). Van De Putte and Villareal resigned to run for the office of Mayor of San Antonio in the election scheduled for May 2015.

The special election on January 6th resulted in two top voting candidates for TX State Senate 26 and TX HD 123 garnering total votes below 50%. A runoff election for both seats has been scheduled for February 17th.

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ENDORSEMENTS

STATE

State Senator, District 26

NO ENDORSEMENT

State Representative, District 123

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ENDORSES:

✔ NUNZIO PREVITERA (Rep.)

Early voting starts MONDAY, February 9, 2014 through February 13th.

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Determine eligibility to vote by searching Bexar County Elections site for:

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Bexar County State Senate District 26 MAP

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Explanations and candidate backgrounds:

TLIPA cannot endorse either of the two candidates running for TX Senate District 26 for the following reasons:

Trey Martinez Fischer, Democratic Party Candidate:

Conservative faith-based voters should know some facts about Martinez Fischer’s voting record*. As House District Representative for HD 116, Martinez Fischer consistently voted against abortion restrictions or informed consent for abortion-bound women but voted to prohibit the sale, trade, or possession of shark fins in Texas. (HB 852 Bill, 5/4/2013) Martinez Fischer champions the protection of sharks but is opposed to protecting unborn children from the cruel fate of abortion.

Trey Martinez Fischer’s Voting Record*

Pro-Life Omnibus Bill HB 2 Bill , 7/10/2013. To prohibit abortions after 20 weeks and restrictions on abortion facilities. Voted NO.

SB5 Similar pro-life bill 6/24/2013. Voted NO.

SJR 13 Bill, 5/15/2013. Established term limits for certain elected officials. Amends the constitution to establish a term limit of 2 consecutive terms for positions filled in statewide elections, except for judicial positions. Voted NO.

H Amendment 47 , 5/19/2011. Prohibit state funding of facilities that perform abortions. Voted NO.

SB 14 Bill, 5/16/2011. Voter Identification Requirements. Voted NO.

HB 15 Bill, 5/5/2011. Requiring an Ultrasound prior to abortion. Voted NO.

CSHB 3678, Bill, 5/26/2007. Vote to pass a bill that allows for religious expression at public schools. Voted NO.

HB2 Bill, 5/15/2006. Property Tax Reduction. Voted NO

Ratings and Endorsements:

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas (2013) – Positions 100%

Texas Right to Life Committee (2003) – Positions 0%

Heritage Alliance – Positions on Social Issues (2009) 20%

Heritage Alliance – Positions on Economic Issues (2009) 22%

*Source: Project Vote Smart


Jose Menendez, Democratic Party Candidate – Voting Record*

Pro-Life Omnibus Bill HB 2 Bill, 7/10/2013. To prohibit abortions after 20 weeks and restrictions on abortion facilities. Voted NO.

SB5 Similar pro-life bill, 6/24/2013. Voted NO.

H Amendment 47, 5/19/2011. Prohibits state funding of facilities that perform abortions. Voted NO.

HB 15, May 5, 2011. Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion. Voted NO.

H Amendment 47, 5/19/2011. Prohibits state funding of facilities that perform abortions. Voted NO.

SB 21, May 22, 2013. Requires drug testing for unemployment benefits. Voted NO.

SB376, May 9, 2013. Establishes a free breakfast program for students. Voted YES

HB 15, May 5, 2011. Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion. Voted NO

HB 218, April 24, 2007. Voter Identification Requirement. Voted NO.

HB 2, May 15, 2006 Property Tax Reduction. Voted NO.

HB 2, April 24, 2006 Property Tax Reduction. Voter NO.

Ratings and Endorsements:

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas (2013) – Positions 100%

Texas Association of Business (2013) – Cumulative Score 45%

Heritage Alliance – Positions on Economic Issues (2009) 22%

Heritage Alliance – Positions on Social Issues (2009) 20%

*Source: Project Vote Smart


State Representative, District 123 Race

Nunzio Previtera, Republican Party Candidate:

State Republican Executive Committee representative; successful insurance agency small business owner; former president of homeowners association; past president of the Alamo Pachyderm Club. Nunzio stands for pro-life values, defending marriage between one man and one woman, securing the border, maintaining smaller government, lower property taxes, eliminating the franchise tax, reforming Obamacare, and championing small business.

Nunzio and Penny Previtera have been married for 37 years; he has two children and six grandchildren and was a deacon of the Castle Hills Christian Church.

Diego Bernal, Democratic Party candidate:

Bernal recently stepped down as the San Antonio city councilman for District 1 to run for state House representative of HD 123. Highlights of Bernal’s disregard for religious liberty and anti-family values:

In the summer of 2011, the obscene and blasphemous play, Corpus Christi, was showcased in the city-owned San Pedro playhouse located in District 1, an enterprise subsidized by the city. The play portrayed our Lord, Jesus Christ, and His apostles throughout the performance in lewd and prurient ways as active homosexuals. Christian organizations repeatedly presented their complaints before the City Council during the summer of 2011 requesting that the blasphemous play be canceled. Bernal, the Mayor, and the majority of his fellow councilmen refused to take any action.

In the Fall of 2011, Bernal, the Mayor, Julian Castro, and seven other councilmen voted to approve “domestic partner” benefits for city employees with same-sex and unmarried opposite sex partners, a gross affront to married couples and a rebuke to Christian groups who voiced repeated complaints before the City Council.

Bernal refused to respond to questions and concerns from citizens regarding the gay bath house in his district (ACI) on Elmira Street which city health inspectors avoided in spite of the city’s Metropolitan Health District office’s findings that HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases were on the rise in San Antonio primarily in the reckless sexual behavior of the MSM (men having sex with men) population.

Last year, Bernal created a firestorm in the city when he sponsored the special rights city ordinance (euphemistically mislabeled the “San Antonio Non-discrimination ordinance”) protecting homosexuals, transvestites, and transsexuals pitting the city council against local businesses concerned about their religious liberties, a coalition of Christian-based organizations and churches who protested in large numbers at City Council public forums for months. The culmination of the bitter fight resulted in a recall campaign against Bernal which garnered substantial support among residents in his district.

Also last year Bernal and liberal colleagues on the council voted to fund harmful compulsory contraceptives with tax dollars to combat teen pregnancy in poor city neighborhoods, in effect treating young minor girls as irrational barnyard animals.

Earlier this year, Bernal was implicated in using the San Antonio police department to obstruct and shutdown a pro-life jumbotron screening in front of the Alamo disregarding the permit already issued by the City Parks office.

City Councilman Bernal regularly voted for rate increases requested by CPS and SAWS.

Bernal strongly supported Pre-K4SA, a city government education program.

Mr. Bernal voted to give the chemical abortifacient Depro-Provera to teenagers.

Mr. Bernal holds the view that officials are elected to decide what’s in the best interest of their constituents rather than represent the views of constituents.