2020 TTH Endorsements & TURF Voter Guide

TURF honoredTexans Uniting for Reform & Freedom (TURF) compiled this Voter Guide to gauge candidates positions on toll roads, transportation policy (including accountability and transparency), and property rights. Based on each candidates answers to our survey, they received a grade.

NOTE: This guide only includes contested races (so those with no opponent do not appear in this guide).* It also only includes candidates who returned our survey in writing (filled out by the candidate him or herself). If you do not see a candidate here, they did NOT return our candidate survey in writing. Do NOT cast your vote until you know where they stand on tolls. You can’t trust what they tell you until they’re willing to put it in writing (and even then we have trouble holding them to it!). Have them contact us immediately. The below candidates will appear on the General Ballot. Only one Democrat returned our candidate survey.

See the Texas TURF Report Card for the grade of every incumbent state legislator.

TURF honoredTURF Voter Guide – 2020 General Election

Local Transportation Bonds

City of Austin:

Vote ’No’ on Austin’s Proposition A Project Connect rail and transit bond. This would increase city property taxes 25% (dedicating 8.75% of city property taxes to this boondoggle) and cost taxpayers $7.1 billion. That’s just the down payment. That $7.1 billion wouldn’t even cover operation and maintenance costs (see this article in the Austin Business Journal). That doesn’t fund the whole system. They’re proposing a massive light rail system (for the third time, expanding it’s already nationally recognized embarrassment with its metro rail line), converting its fleet of buses to all electric, and an all electric bike fleet at transit hubs. Putting such a mass transit system before voters during a pandemic adds insult to injury, especially in light of mass transit being cauldrons for the spread of coronavirus (even the CDC cautions against its use). Then there’s the massive increase in residents working at home. Many of which will be permanent, even after the COVID crisis passes.

City of San Antonio:

Vote ’No’ to Proposition A, which carves out another 1/8 of 1% of the city’s Advanced Transportation Tax to Via Transit (this is in addition to the 1/8 of the ATD tax it already receives). This diverts core city road tax revenues to an agency that already wastes millions in taxpayer dollars, runs fleets of empty buses, and forces bus/HOV lanes on our highways stealing road capacity from commuters. Via spent $38 million on a park and ride boondoggle for a 3 mile bus priority lane it forced on the US 281 corridor. It’s sits unfinished and the park and ride garage is virtually empty. When we tried to take pictures of it, a security officer told us we could not take photographs of this disgrace. They don’t want you to see or know how badly they wasted YOUR money. The last thing taxpayers should do is give this agency MORE money!

TTH endorsed Texans for Toll-free Highways
– 2020 General Election

Endorsed –

U.S. Congress

House –

TTH endorsedCD 21 –
Chip Roy

Texas State

Senate –

TTH endorsedSD 18 –
Lois Kolkhorst

House –

TTH endorsedHD 23 –
Bryan Slaton

TTH endorsedHD 92 –
Mayes Middleton

TTH endorsedHD 66 –
Matt Shaheen

TTH endorsedHD 73 –
Kyle Biedermann

TTH endorsedHD 89 –
Candy Noble

TTH endorsedHD 92 –
Jeff Cason

TTH endorsedHD 94 –
Tony Tinderholt

TTH endorsedHD 115 –
Karyn Brownlee

TTH endorsedHD 128 –
Briscoe Cain

TTH endorsedHD 150 –
Valoree Swanson

Recommended –

HD 45 –
Carrie Isaac

HD 59 –
Shelby Slawson

U.S. Congress

House –

CD 21 –
Chip Roy – A+

CD 23 –
Tony Gonzales – B-

Texas State

See our Report Card from the 86th Legislature for grades on all incumbents.

Senate –

HD 4 –
Brandon Creighton – A+

HD 22 –
Brian Birdwell – A+

House –

HD 2 –
Bryan Slaton – A+

HD 6 –
Matt Schaefer – A-

HD 22 –
Jacorian Randle – A+

HD 23 –
Mayes Middleton B+

HD 66 –
Matt Shaheen – B

HD 67 –
Jeff Leach – B-

HD 73 –
Kyle Biedermann – B

HD 89 –
Candy Noble – A+

HD 92 –
Jeff Cason – A+

HD 94 –
Tony Tinderholt – A-

HD 115 –
Karyn Brownlee – A-

HD 128 –
Briscoe Cain – A-

HD 150 –
Valoree Swanson – A-

Local Office –

Bexar County Commissioner, Precinct 3 –
Trish DeBerry – B- *** Caution!

Bexar County Commissioner, Precinct 3 –
Christine Hortick – C


Race Notes —

*** Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 3 – Trish DeBerry DeBerry is the establishment, pro-toll candidate. Her company, Guerra DeBerry Coody, was part of the team that won the bid to do the 281 tollway (BEFORE WE STOPPED THE TOLL ROAD, watch the announcement. In another contract her firm got from the toll authority, it prepared a Powerpoint to train TxDOT employees and elected officials how to slap down arguments of anti-toll spokespeople and how to discredit them with misleading talking points. A vote for Trish DeBerry is a vote for toll roads in Bexar County. Not only does she have a conflict of interest if she were to be an elected official and be in position to profit from public contracts, she’s guaranteed to be tone deaf to the taxpayers who don’t want toll taxes since she’s already joined at the hip with the toll proliferators financially.