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Monday, March 10, 2014

TEXPAC WINS MOST, BUT NOT ALL; LOOKS TOWARD MAY 28 RUNOFFS

The Party of Medicine performed exceedingly well in the March 4 party primaries. Several candidates from the TMA family — like State Reps. J.D. Sheffield, DO (R-Gatesville), and Susan King (R-Abilene), a TMA Alliance member — blew away their Empower Texas-backed opponents. All of the judicial candidates we backed — including the three sitting Supreme Court justices who faced trial lawyer-financed challengers — easily won their party nominations. Overall, 91 percent of the slate of TEXPAC-endorsed legislative candidates won. Some, however, are headed for May 28 runoff elections. That includes State Sen. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), and former State Rep. Mark Shelton of Fort Worth, who is seeking the Senate District 10 nomination. Even worse, we lost 11 races outright, and some very good friends of medicine will not be coming back to Austin next year. As TEXPAC Director Clayton Stewart told me, “We were simply unable to fund many of these candidates at the level needed for them to prevail. This is a problem, but it’s a problem we can solve from within, not something we can blame on ‘forces beyond our control.’ ” The solution, of course, is for more physicians and alliance members to join TEXPAC and recruit your colleagues.

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