The state’s top anti-toll road advocacy group has released a voter guide for the March 2022 primary elections, which are now underway across Texas.

Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom (TURF) compiled its 2022 Primary Voter Guide to assess candidates’ positions on toll roads, transportation policy (including accountability and transparency), and property rights.

“Generally speaking, the current leadership of this state has blocked our reforms for far too long,” said TURF President Terri Hall. “Incumbents (with rare exceptions) have had their chance to perform and get the job done. We’re tired of excuses and delays. Taxpayers/drivers need relief now and they’re not getting it.”

TURF’s voter guide includes only candidates in contested primary races, and only those who returned TURF’s survey in writing.

Not a single Democrat returned the survey.

TURF used the survey responses to assign grades to candidates and noted which ones have signed the group’s anti-toll pledge.

TURF’s affiliated PAC Texans for Toll-Free Highways used the surveys as the basis for their candidate endorsements.

One congressional candidate earned a TTH endorsement: U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R–TX01), who scored an A+ from TURF.

TTH endorsed two statewide candidates: Don Huffines for governor and Louie Gohmert for attorney general. Another 14 office-seekers, 13 legislative and one local, were also endorsed as anti-toll candidates.

In addition to its voter guide, TURF published a 2021 Legislative Report Card that grades all lawmakers on how well they protected taxpayers and property rights when considering transportation issues.

Hall said Texans should not cast their primary votes until they know where candidates stand on tolls.

“Know before you go vote,” she said. “If they’re not on our list, find out why. You can’t trust what they tell you until they’re willing to put it in writing—and even then, we have trouble holding them to it!”

The last day to vote early is February 25. Election Day is March 1.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.