Visit San Antonio: Legislative Affairs, April 2018

The first round of primaries are behind us and election night certainly proved to be an exciting time for both Republicans and Democrats alike.

In the race for General Land Office Commissioner, George P. Bush took 58 percent of the primary vote against former Land Commissioner, Jerry Patterson. Bush will face Democrat Miguel Suazo in November in the General Election. George P. Bush has led the effort on Alamo Funding and we look forward to working with him and his team on this important issue.

In the highly contested Congressional 21st District, there will be a primary runoff between Republican candidates Chip Roy and Matt McCall, and Democrats Mary Wilson and Joseph Kopser.

In Texas House District 118, Tomas Uresti was defeated by primary challenger, Leo Pacheco. Pacheco will face Republican John Lujan, who held the seat from 2016 – 2017.

The seat held by Speaker Straus, District 121, was also a race to watch, with Republicans Matt Beebe and Steve Allison facing each other in the primary run off.

In races around the state, Wayne Faircloth of Galveston lost to primary challenger Mayes Middleton and Senator Estes, Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development, was unseated by Pat Fallon. The NRED Committee oversees Hotel Occupancy Tax issues, and accordingly, we look forward to seeing who Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will appoint as the new Chairman.

There are many races that still are undetermined and I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that primary runoffs will be held May 22. I hope you will consider activating an employee voter activation campaign in your business. Tourism employs more than 1 million individuals in the state and when our employees understand how important their engagement is for our industry, it can make a tangible difference.

The interim is a terrific time to meet your legislators in their district and outline the importance of the economic impact of Tourism and Hospitality. I would encourage you to visit with your legislator before they begin to gear up for the 86th legislative session.

We are already anticipating a budget shortfall, so full funding in 2019 will be one of the most important issues that we tackle, as we spread the word that Texas is open for business!