Texas Association of Realtors(R) Announces Candidate Endorsements

Jan 28, 2010, 15:48 ET from Texas Association of REALTORS

Texas' largest association pledges its support to Texas lawmakers

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Texas Association of Realtors today announced its decision to endorse 33 candidates for Texas office in their contested primary races this March. In making the announcement, Texas Association of 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 Association of 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

Texas Governor

Rick Perry

Texas Senate


District 2

Bob Deuell

District 5

Steve Ogden

District 8

Florence Shapiro

District 19

Carlos Uresti

District 29

Jose Rodriguez



Texas House of Representatives


District 2

Dan Flynn

District 4

Betty Brown

District 7

Tommy Merritt

District 11

Charles "Chuck" Hopson

District 14

Fred Brown

District 15

Rob Eissler

District 27

Dora Olivo

District 39

Armando Martinez

District 43

Tara Rios Ybarra

District 44

Edmund Kuempel

District 45

Patrick M. Rose

District 58

Rob Orr

District 59

Sidney "Sid" Miller

District 64

Myra Crownover

District 65

Burt Solomons

District 66

Mabrie Jackson

District 69

Lanham Lyne

District 76

Norma Chavez

District 83

Delwin Jones

District 84

Mark Griffin

District 91

Kelly Hancock

District 92

Todd Smith

District 98

Vicki Truitt

District 99

Charlie Geren

District 122

Lyle Larson

District 127

Addie Wiseman

District 146

Al Edwards



About the Texas Association of REALTORS

With nearly 90,000 members, the Texas Association of Realtors® is the largest professional membership association in the state and represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas Realtors and private property owners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.

CONTACT:

Stacy Armijo


Pierpont Communications


512/448-4950


SOURCE Texas Association of REALTORS



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