Jan. 21, 2018

News Release

Contacts: Rick Levy, 
Montserrat Garibay, or
Ed Sills, (512) 477-6195


Texas AFL-CIO COPE Emphasizes Worker Priorities In Endorsements of Statewide Candidates

The political arm of the Texas AFL-CIO today endorsed a dozen statewide candidates who reflect the values and priorities of working people in Texas.

  The COPE endorsement vote concluded the business of a two-day convention in Austin that featured candidate appearances, issue forums, labor workshops, resolutions and discussion of labor’s strategy for the 2018 election cycle. COPE delegates launched a program to build voices around the state called, “I’m union. I fight. And I vote.”

  “We evaluated candidates from across the state on their commitment to improve the lives of working families,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “We’re excited and energized by the prospect of changing politics in Texas. By emphasizing issues of economic justice and fairness, our members will be motivated to turn out, to vote and to win.”

  Levy said the COPE process placed workplace issues at the forefront. Events included an informative one-on-one gubernatorial forum in which delegates heard Lupe Valdez and Andrew White discuss solely issues that affect working people.

  Throughout the convention, working people were able to meet with many candidates and examine their records on the issues that matter to them most.

  “We congratulate Lupe Valdez and the other candidates who demonstrated that their priorities for governing are in sync with the priorities of working people,” Levy said. “We look forward to advocating strongly for all the COPE-endorsed candidates.”

  The statewide COPE endorsements:

  •   U.S. Senator – No endorsement

  •   GovernorLupe Valdez

  •   Lieutenant GovernorMike Collier

  •   Attorney GeneralJustin Nelson

  •   Comptroller – No action

  •   Land CommissionerTex Morgan

  •   Agriculture CommissionerKim Olson

  •   Railroad CommissionerChris Spellmon

  •   Texas Supreme Court, Place 2Steve Kirkland

  •   Texas Supreme Court, Place 4R.K. Sandill

  •   Texas Supreme Court, Place 6Kathy Cheng

  •   Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Presiding JudgeMaria T. “Terri” Jackson

  •   Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7Ramona Franklin

  •   Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 – No action

  •   Texas Democratic Party ChairGilberto Hinojosa     

  Endorsements are subject to updates based on primary and runoff election results and other factors.

  A list of congressional and legislative endorsements will be available in the coming days. Decisions in local and regional elections are based on recommendations from the applicable local Central Labor Councils or Area Labor Federation.


  The Texas AFL-CIO is a state labor federation consisting of approximately 237,000 affiliated union members. The Committee on Political Education (COPE) is the organization’s Political Action Committee, making endorsements and donating funds in state races.