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FREE VOTERS GUIDE 2010 GENERAL ELECTION A comprehensive, nonpartisan guide for the election. There’s never been
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We provide a key below each question box to explain each of the symbols used in the guide.

The key will look like this:

SF = Strongly Favor

F = Favor

U = Undecided

O = Oppose

SO = Strongly Oppose

NR = No Response

* = Incumbent

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What offices are up for election in 2010?

The 2010 Election ballot will contain candidates for:

• Governor • Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Land Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Railroad Commissioner, Comptroller of

Public Accounts

• Texas Supreme Court • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals • Texas Senate • Texas House of Representatives • State Board of Education • U.S. House of Representatives

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For the 2010 General Election, we cover all candidates running for state and federal elected offices that will appear on the ballot.

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Key to State and Federal CandidateS

Due to space, we have only listed the explanation of the state and federal questions on this page. Instead, on each

page, there will only be the key phrase listed above each question. For example, if you are looking at the first

question for state candidates only “Transportation Tax” will be listed above the question. Please keep this page with you as you refer to the rest of the state and federal candidates.

State CandidateS

  • 1. TRANSPORTATION TAX: A state law permitting local governments the option of holding an election for a local transportation tax to fund local transportation needs.

  • 2. ABORTION BAN: Ban abortion except where it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother.

  • 3. SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Pass a law protecting workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (Employment Non-Discrimination Act)

  • 4. LEGALIZE GAMBLING: Legalize casino-style gambling in order to dedicate a portion of the revenues to property tax reduction or to increase money for education.

  • 5. MINIMUM WAGE: Increase the minimum wage.

  • 6. DIVORCE REFORM: Reform “no-fault” divorce laws to require mutual consent of both parties, unless there is proof of fault or abuse.

  • 7. GOV’T HEALTHCARE: A government healthcare plan to ensure affordable, quality healthcare for every American.

  • 8. SEX EDUCATION: Texas schools should teach comprehensive sex education, which includes teaching on abstinence, and should not just teach abstinence only.

  • 9. EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS: Allow use of embryonic stem cells for therapeutic purposes.

    • 10. SCHOOL VOUCHERS: School choice vouchers in inner-cities which allow parents of children in failing schools to choose a public or private school for their children.

    • 11. STATE SPENDING CAP: A state constitutional amendment capping state spending so it can never grow faster than the rate of population growth plus inflation.

    • 12. FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT: Texas should ratify a Federal Marriage Amendment, which limits marriage

Federal CandidateS

  • 1. REPLACE TAX CODE: Replace the current tax code with a flat tax or a national sales tax.

  • 2. ABORTION BAN: Ban abortion except where it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother.

  • 3. TROOP WITHDRAWAL: Bring U.S. troops safely home from Iraq immediately.

  • 4. SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Pass a law protecting workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (Employment Non-Discrimination Act)

  • 5. GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE: A government healthcare plan to ensure affordable, quality healthcare for every American.

  • 6. SCHOOL CHOICE VOUCHERS: School choice vouchers in inner-cities which allow parents of children in failing schools to choose a public or private school for their children.

  • 7. CAP-N-TRADE LEGISLATION: Some form of cap and trade legislation to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.

  • 8. EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS: Allow use of embryonic stem cells for therapeutic purposes.

  • 9. GOVERNMENT STIMULUS PACKAGE: A government stimulus package, to help the economy, in a time of economic crisis.

    • 10. GOVERNMENT CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE: Increase governmental financial assistance for childcare.

    • 11. FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT: A Federal Marriage Amendment to the constitution, which limits marriage nationwide to a man

and a woman.

  • 12. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CITIZENSHIP: If border security is accomplished, a pathway to citizenship should be offered to illegal immigrants already in this country.

 

SF-Strongly Favor

F-Favor

U-Undecided

O-Oppose

SO-Strongly Oppose

NR-No Response

 

u-Party Platform Answer *-Incumbent

•-Comments & Additional Organizations Listed at www.freevotersguide.com

 
               

Embryonic Stem Cells

     

State

 

Transportation Tax

Abortion Ban

Sexual Orientation

Legalize Gambling

Minimum Wage

Divorce Reform

Gov’t Healthcare

Sex Education

School Vouchers

State Spending Cap Federal Marriage

 

Contact

 

Candidates

Amendment

Info

   

governor (4-year term)

 

Rick Perry (R) *

O

SF

SO

SO

SO

F

SO

SO

SO

SF

SF

SF

rickperry.org

512-478-3276

Bill White (D)u

                         

billwhitefortexas.

 

NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

com

713-659-9000

Kathie Glass (L)

SO

 

F

SO

SO

SO

O

SO

O

U

O

SF

O

kathie4guv.com

512-308-6936

Deb Shafto (G)u

 

NR

 

O

F

O

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

txgreens.org/

N/A

 

debshafto

CommiSSioner oF agriCulture (4-year term)

 

Todd Staples (R)*

SO

 

SF

SO

SO

SO

NR

SO

SO

SO

SF

SF

SF

toddstaples.com

512-912-1603

Hank Gilbert (D)

SO

SO

SF

SF

SF

F

SF

SF

F

SO

SF

SO

hankgilbert.com

512-464-1207

                         

rickdonaldsonfor-

 

Rick Donaldson (L)u

NR

 

O

U

U

O

O

O

U

F

F

U

O

texasagriculture-

N/A

 

commissioner.com

CommiSSioner oF the general land oFFiCe (4-year term)

   

Jerry Patterson (R)*

SO

SF

SO

SO

SO

U

SO

O

SO

SF

SF

SF

votepatterson.com

512-477-2427

Hector Uribe (D)

F

O

F

F

F

O

F

F

F

F

O

O

hectoruribe.com

512-479-7106

James L. Holdar (L)

F

 

U

U

O

O

O

O

U

F

F

F

F

N/A

956-466-4380

railroad CommiSSioner (6-year term)

   

David Porter (R)

 

U

 

F

SO

SO

SO

F

SO

O

SO

O

F

SF

votedavidporter.

432-687-4472

com

Jeff Weems (D)u

 

NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

 

jeffweemsforcom-

713-465-1990

missioner.com

Roger Gary (L)u

NR

 

O

NR

NR

O

O

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

201-324-6856

Art Browning (G)u*

NR

 

O

F

O

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

N/A

281-890-7089

attorney general (4-year term)

   

Greg Abbott (R)*

SO

SF

SO

SO

SO

SF

SO

SO

SO

SF

SF

SF

gregabbott.com

512.477.2002

Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D)u

NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

radnofsky.com

713-357-3360

Jon Roland (L)

F•

SO•

SO•

F•

SO•

O•

SO•

S•

F•

F•

O•

SO•

jonroland.org

512-299-5001

Comptroller oF publiC aCCountS (4-year term)

   

Susan Combs (R)u*

U

 

F

O

O

O

F•

O

O

O

F

F

F

susancombs.com

512-327-3345

Mary J. Ruwart (L)

 

O

SO

O

F

SO

U

SO

F

SF

SF

SF

SO

 

ruwartforcomptrol-

N/A

 

ler.com

Edward Lindsay (G)

 

F

 

U

F

SF

F

F

F

SF

F

U

F

F

newmenu.org/

817-507-3727

 

lindsay

Embryonic Stem Cells

State Spending Cap Federal Marriage

Transportation Tax

Sexual Orientation

Legalize Gambling

Gov’t Healthcare

School Vouchers

Minimum Wage

Divorce Reform

Sex Education

Abortion Ban

Amendment

SF-Strongly Favor

F-Favor

U-Undecided

O-Oppose

SO-Strongly Oppose

NR-No Response

u-Party Platform Answer *-Incumbent

•-Comments & Additional Organizations Listed at www.freevotersguide.com

State Senate
State
Senate
Contact Info
Contact
Info

State Senator (4-year term)

   
 
  • 3 Robert Nichols (R)*

                       

nicholsforsen-

903-586-1200

F

SF

O

SO

SO

F

SO

SO

SO

F

SF

SF

ate.com

 
  • 3 David Scott (L)u

NR

O

NR

NR

O

O•

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

281-259-2212

 
  • 5 Steve Ogden (R)*

SO

SF

O

O

U

NR •

O

O

SO

F

O

U •

steveogden.org

979-776-2704

 

Stephen

                           
  • 5 Wyman

(D)u

NR

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

wymanusa.org

512-864-3533

 
  • 7 Dan Patrick

(R)

u*

NR

F

O

O

O

F•

O

O

O

F

F

F

danpatrick.org

832-390-0107

 
  • 7 Lee Coughran (L)

O

SF

F

SF

O

F

O

F

F

U

SF

F

coughranfortx-

N/A

senate.com

 
  • 8 Florence Shapiro (R)u*

NR

F

O

O

O

F•

O

O

O

F

F

F

shapiroexplore.

512-992-6057

com

 
  • 8 Ed Kless (L)

O•

F

O•

F

SO

F

SO

F•

F•

SF•

SF•

SO

electkless.com

972-836-9972

 
  • 13 Michael Mauldin

(R)

                       

michaelmaul-

713-791-4976

O

SF

U

SO

U

U

O

U

O

F

F

SF

din.org

 
  • 13 Rodney Ellis (D)u*

NR

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

rodneyellis.com

713-236-0306

 
  • 14 Mary Lou Serafine (R)

U

NR•

O

U

SO

U

SO

NR•

U

SF

SF•

U

serafineforsen-

ate.com

512-220-5452

 

Kirk Watson (D)

  • 14 O

NR

 

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

kirkwatson.

512-542-9744

u*

com

 
  • 14 Kent Phillips (L)

u

NR

O

NR

NR

O

O•

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

410-991-4746

 
  • 19 Mette A. Baker (L)u

NR

O

NR

NR

O

O•

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

410-991-4746

 

Carlos Uresti (D)*

  • 19 O

F

 

F

U

SF

O

SF

SF

SF

O

U

O

carlosuresti.

com

210-927-3412

 
  • 19 Dick Bowen (R)

SF•

F•

F•

SF•

O•

U•

O•

SF•

F•

F•

SF•

SF•

dickbowen.com

877-568-0128

 

Jeff

                           
  • 25 Wentworth (R)

NR

F

O

O

O

F•

O

O

O

F

F

F

N/A

210-826-7800

u*

 

Arthur

                           
  • 25 Maxwell Thomas, IV (L)

F

SO

O

F

SO

O

SO

SF•

SF

SF

SF

SO

N/A

210-568-7950

 
 

SF-Strongly Favor

F-Favor

U-Undecided

O-Oppose

 

SO-Strongly Oppose

NR-No Response

   
 

u-Party Platform Answer *-Incumbent

•-Comments & Additional Organizations Listed at www.freevotersguide.com

 
   
                 

Embryonic Stem Cells

     
   

State

 

Transportation Tax

Abortion Ban

Sexual Orientation

Legalize Gambling

 

Minimum Wage

Divorce Reform

Gov’t Healthcare

 

Sex Education

 

School Vouchers

   

State Spending Cap Federal Marriage

Amendment

Contact

 

Representative

 

Info

       
 
 

George Lavender (R)

  • 1 SF

F

 

SO

SO

 

SO

 

SF

SO

SO

SO

SF

SF

SF

N/A

 

870-773-4631

 

Stephen J. Frost (D) u*

  • 1 O

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

F

F

O

NR

O

N/A

 

903-796-4481

 

Erwin Cain (R)

  • 3 SF

SO

 

SO

SO

 

SO

 

F

SO

SO

SO

F

SF

SF

erwincain.com

903-488-3337

 

Mark Homer (D)u*

  • 3 O

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

F

F

O

NR

O

markhomer.com

903-737-9949

 

J. Douglas Froneberger

  • 3 O

(L)u

NR

 

NR

NR

 

O

 

O•

 

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

 

903-348-6308

 

Leo Berman (R)*

  • 6 SF

SO

 

SO

SO

 

SO

 

SF

SO

SO

SO

SF

SF

SF

N/A

 

903-581-1755

 

Jon Fitts (L)u

  • 6 O

NR

 

NR

NR

 

O

 

O•

 

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

 

N/A

 

David Simpson (R)

  • 7 SF

O

 

SO

SO

 

SO

 

SF

SO

SO

SO

F•

SF

SF

simpsonfortexas.

net

903-562-1234

 

Eric M. Brandt (L)u

  • 7 O

NR

 

NR

NR

 

O

 

O•

 

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

 

903-984-7100

 

Byron Cook (R)u*

  • 8 F

NR

 

O

O

 

O

 

F•

 

O

O

O

F

F

F

byroncook.com

903-872-9766

 

Charles E. Morgan (D)

  • 8 F

O

 

O

O

 

SF

 

F

SF

F

O

NR

O

SF

N/A

 

903-389-5616

 

Wayne Christian (R) *

  • 9 SF

O

 

SO

SO

 

SO

 

SF

SO

O

SO

F

SF

SF

waynechristian-

campaign.com

936-598-9966

 

Kenneth D. Franks (D)

  • 9 O

F

 

U

O

 

U

 

F

 

F

F

F

F

F

F

kennethdfranks.

936-275-6432

     

com

 
 

Chuck Hopson (R) *

  • 11 SF •

SO

 

SO

SO

 

SO

 

SF

SO

SO

SO

SO

SF

SF

chuckhopson.com

903-586-2208

 

Richard D. Hackney (D)

  • 11 F

O

 

F

SO

 

F

 

F

SF

F

F

F

O

F

N/A

 

903-825-0122

 

James White (R)

  • 12 SF

SO•

 

SO

SO

 

SO•

 

F

SO

SO•

SO•

SF

SF

SF

jameswhiteforeast-

281-658-0540

   

texas.com

 
 

Jim McReynolds (D)u*

  • 12 O

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

F

F

O

NR

O

jimmcreynolds.

936-634-9386

   

com

 
 

Rob Eissler (R)*

  • 15 SF

O

 

O

O

 

O

 

F

 

O

O

O

U

F

SF

robeissler.com

281-367-1052

 

Samuel Calkin (L)

  • 15 SO

SO

 

SO

SF

 

SO

SO

SO

U

SF

SF

SF

SO

N/A

 

281-940-7221

 

Tim Kleinschmidt (R)*

  • 17 O•

U

 

O

U

 

O

 

O

SO

F

SO

F

SF

SF

timkleinschmidt.

979-542-9602

   

com

 
 

Pati Jacobs (D)u

  • 17 O

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

F

F

O

NR

O

N/A

 

512-321-2725

 

Travis Hill (L)u

  • 17 O

NR

 

NR

NR

 

O

 

O•

 

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

 

N/A

 

John Otto (R)u*

  • 18 F

NR

 

O

O

 

O

 

F

 

O

O

O

F

F

F

N/A

 

936-258-7575

 

Rhys M. Blavier (L)

  • 18 SO

SF

 

SF

SF

 

SF

 

U

SF

SF

SF

F

F

SO

blavier.newsvine.

832-401-3381

   

com

 
 

Charles Schwertner (R)

  • 20 SF

O

 

SO

U

 

SO

 

SF

SO

SO

SO

U

SF

SF

drschwertner.com

512-921-1295

 

David Floyd (L)u

  • 20 O

NR

 

NR

NR

 

O

 

O

 

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

davidwfloyd.com

N/A

 

Gary Wilson (R)

  • 23 O

SF

 

F

F

 

U

 

F

SO

O

F

O

SF

F

N/A

 

409-789-4277

 

Craig Eiland (D)u*

  • 23 O

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

NR

 

F

F

F

O

NR

O

craigeiland.net

409-763-3260

 

SF-Strongly Favor

F-Favor

U-Undecided

O-Oppose

SO-Strongly Oppose

NR-No Response

   

u-Party Platform Answer *-Incumbent

•-Comments & Additional Organizations Listed at www.freevotersguide.com

 
   
                           
   

State

 

Transportation Tax

Abortion Ban

Sexual Orientation

Legalize Gambling

Minimum Wage

Divorce Reform

Gov’t Healthcare

Sex Education

Embryonic Stem

 

School Vouchers

State Spending Cap

Federal Marriage

Amendment

Contact

Representative

Info

Cells

   
 

Charlie Howard (R) *

  • 26 SF

SO

 

SO

SO

SO

SF

SO

SO

SO

SF

SF

SF

charliehoward.net

281-491-2122

 
 

Phillip Andrews (D)u

  • 26 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

andrewsfortexas.com

713-204-4664

 
 

Joey Roland (L)u

  • 26 NR

 

O

NR

NR

O

O

O

NR

F

F

NR

O

N/A

281-265-2110

 
 

Ron Reynolds (D)u

  • 27 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

ronreynolds.org

832-721-2667

 
 

Derek Grayson (L)

  • 27 SO

F

 

O

O

SO

U

O

F

SF

SF

O

SO

N/A

281-937-9636

 
 

John Zerwas (R) *

  • 28 SF

F

 

SO

O

SO

SF

SO

O

SO

SF

SF

SF

johnzerwas.com

281-342-6969

 
 

Wayne Raasch (D)u

  • 28 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

N/A

979-627-5388

 
 

Jim Foreman (L)

  • 29 F

 

O

F

F

U

U

F

F

F

F

SF

O

pickjim.org

281-793-0611

 
 

Randy Weber (R)*

  • 29 SF

SF

 

SO

SO

SO

SF

SO

SO

SO

SF

SF

SF

weberfortexas.com

281-798-2536

 
 

Raul Torres (R)

  • 33 O

 

F

O

O

O

F

O

O

O

O

F

F

N/A

361-854-0822

 
 

Solomon Ortiz, Jr.

  • 33 NR

(D)u*

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

solomonortizjr.com

361-225-3060

 
 

Connie Scott (R)

  • 34 SF

SO

 

SO

U

SO

O

SO

SO

SO

O

SF

SF

voteconniescott.com

361-877-1865

 
 

Abel Herrero (D)u*

  • 34 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

abelherrero.com

361-884-8808

 
 
  • 45 O

Jason A. Isaac (R)

 

F

F

O

O

U

SO

F

SO

SF

SF

U

jasonisaac.com

512-850-5524

 
 

Patrick M. Rose (D)u*

  • 45 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

patrickrose.com

512-805-2233

 
 

Paul Workman (R)

  • 47 SF

O

 

O

O

O

U

SO

O

O

F

F

F

workmanfortexas.

512-748-5599

 
 

Valinda Bolton (D)u*

  • 47 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

valindabolton.com

512-773-0804

 
 

Kris Bailey (L)

  • 47 SF

 

O

F

SF

SO

U

SO

F

SF

SF

SF

SO

krisbailey2010.com

512-351-1323

 
 

Donna Howard (D)u*

  • 48 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

votedonna.com

512-971-9488

 
 

Ben Easton (L)

  • 48 F

 

O

SO

SO

SO

U

SO

SO

F

SO

F

F

beneaston.net

512-417-4129

 
 

Dan Neil (R)

  • 48 SF

O

 

O

O

O

F

SO

O

O

F

F

SF

texansfordan.com

512-619-1664

 
 

Patrick McGuinness (R)

  • 50 O

 

F

O

O

O

NR

O

O

O

SF

SF

F

patmcguinness.org

512-654-9959

 
 

Mark Strama (D)u*

  • 50 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

markstrama.com

512-499-0125

 
 

Emily Cowan (L)

  • 50 F

 

O

O

F

SO

O

SO

U

F

SF

SF

SO

emilycowanfor50.

512-203-5820

 

com

 

Marilyn Jackson (R)

  • 51 O

 

SF

O

SO

O

U

SO

O

SO

SF

SF

SF

jackson4district51.

512-701-1746

 

com

 

Eddie Rodriguez (D)u*

  • 51 NR

 

O

F

NR

F

NR

F

F

F

O

NR

O

voteeddierodriguez.

512-292-3000

 

com

 

Arthur DiBianca (L)

  • 51 SO

SO

 

SO

SF

SO

U

SO

U

SF

SF

SF

SO

N/A

512-707-2809

 
 
  • 52 Larry Gonzales (R)

SO

F

SO

SO

SO

SF

SO

SO

SO