Recommendations for the primary election have been published by Texans for Vaccine Choice.

This is the organization’s first round of recommendations, so far only listing legislative candidates as local candidates will be announced later. 

Vaccine choice has recently been a topic of discussion as Senate Bill 29 went into effect Sept. 1, 2023, prohibiting the Texas government from requiring COVID-19 vaccines and masks. Senate Bill 7 took effect yesterday, stating that private employers cannot mandate COVID-19 vaccines and masks. However, the actual impact of the bills is currently being investigated.

TFVC places emphasis on whether or not candidates champion vaccine choice when making recommendations.

“Each of these incumbent legislators has demonstrated a commitment to protecting and advancing informed consent, medical privacy and vaccine choice,” TFVC noted in the release.

“TFVC has spent the last two months poring over candidate surveys, reviewing record votes and interviewing candidates and incumbents in order to bring supporters reliable recommendations for the upcoming Primary Election,” TFVC Political Director Michelle Evans told Texas Scorecard. “We are confident that the candidates who have been recommended will defend medical liberty for all Texans by supporting, authoring, and fighting for strong policies to protect informed consent, medical privacy and vaccine choice.”

“These recommendations are crucial in the wake of repeated and egregious infringements upon our fundamental liberties in the name of ‘public health,'” added Evans. “Texans need true champions, elected officials who will do what is right, not what is easy or politically expedient.”

TFVC’s recommendations for the Senate and the House races are as follows:

The primary election is March 5. Early voting begins February 20.

Amelia McKenzie

Amelia is a senior at Liberty University in Virginia. She is studying Digital Journalism and is currently a fellow with Texas Scorecard.