Today is Primary Election Day in Texas. If you haven't voted yet, now is the time to scoot out the door and make a difference.
Texas AIDS Network, as you know, is a charitable organization, which means that we are prohibited from participating in election campaigns. Reminding you to go vote is just about all we can do. However, we can also tell you a couple more facts about primaries and elections in Texas.
One, a large number of incumbent legislators have no opposition in the fall election or in their primary. They are, in effect, already elected to the 80th Texas Legislature. That means that, if you want to start talking to your legislator about issues that concern you, such as HIV funding or prevention, they are not distracted by re-election activities nor by the uncertainty of whether they will be around to help you when the legislative session begins.
Two, a smaller number of incumbent legislators have no opposition in the fall but do have opponents in their primary. Today's election will tell the tale for their re-election hopes. Whoever wins the primary in these races will be elected to the 80th Texas Legislature in November and should, whether incumbent or new, be open to your visit to discuss your issues.
In the other races, you have two or more candidates, many of whom are incumbents, who should be really receptive to constituent concerns. You'll have to do more talking, but they are likely to be doing more listening.
So go vote, and then start talking, why doncha?