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March Matters! Go Vote on March 6th!

By Hector L. Rivero, President & CEO, Texas Chemical Council and the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas.

In Texas, general elections don’t matter much these days, but Primaries do! So voting in March will impact who represents you more than you think.

There are few contested general election races of consequence, but there are numerous contested primary election races, and significant philosophical differences between candidates running in primaries today.

With every statewide office in Texas held by a Republican, many people think there’s no reason to vote in a primary, or that their vote won’t make a difference. However, for businesses, industries, and homeowners, the differences between candidates in party primaries can have a significant impact on your pocketbook, and your job.

There’s no question that Republicans currently dominate Texas politics with 25 of the 36 Congressional seats, 20 of the 31 State Senatorial seats, and 95 of the 150 State House seats. But we shouldn’t assume that all Republican candidates think alike. Many Republicans holding office today prioritize social conservatism over business conservatism. While they may support less government regulation, it also means they do not support government economic development incentives that attract new industry investment and job growth. This can impact the ability for our industry to expand and add new jobs.

There are also stark differences within the Democratic Party. Some Democrats recognize the importance of small and large businesses, the jobs they support, and the tax base they provide for local and state governmental functions. Others are very anti-business and may only be concerned with promoting social services.

Regardless of which political party you affiliate with, it is very important to educate yourself about the candidates that wish to represent you, and vote in the Primary Election on March 6th. Make sure those you vote for support your priorities and hopefully support your industry.

Remember MARCH MATTERS! Either vote early from February 20th to March 2nd, or VOTE on MARCH 6th!

Helpful Election Links:
     •   Who’s on the 2018 Texas Primary Ballot? – Texas Tribune
     •   Voter Information
     •   Where Do I Vote?
     •   2018 TCC & ACIT Primary Election Endorsements