Parker Wins Endorsements From Republican Volunteers, Pro-Life Groups, Conservative Organization
Four Republican precinct chairs, two pro-life organizations and a conservative political group recently announced endorsements for Bonnie Parker, a former school teacher running for the Republican nomination to represent West University Place in the Texas Legislature.
Parker is running against Sarah Davis, a personal injury defense attorney, for the Republican nomination for State Representative for District 134. Whomever wins the nomination during the March 2 primary will face off with incumbent Democratic Rep. Ellen Cohen in the general election in November.
Parker’s endorsements come from Republican precinct chairs Annie Unsel Goedicke, Raul Salas, Kendall Carew and Matt Kirchner.
“Those four enthusiastically said they consider me the better candidate,” Parker said. Two precinct chairs chose to endorse her because of her stances on issues, and two said they trust Parker to be a conservative candidate because she has a history volunteering with the Republican Party, while her opponent does not, Parker said.
Over the years, Parker has volunteered for other Republican candidates’ campaigns and served as a delegate in the party.
The pro-life groups Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life also have publicly supported Parker.
“I’m the one that is committed to pro-life positions,” Parker said. “Neither Ellen nor Sarah is committed to pro-life positions.”
Finally, Conservative Republicans of Texas, a group run by Steven Hotze, has endorsed Parker. Hotze came under fire after he bankrolled an anti-gay mailer during the Houston mayoral race. But Parker said she doesn’t support his position on gay issues.
“I don’t pay attention to that type of stuff anyways,” she said. “I don’t think you can necessarily disqualify someone because they choose a lifestyle you find morally unacceptable … I don’t believe the way to deal with it is to bash homosexuals. I think the way to deal with it is to love them.”
Parker retired in 2007 after a lifelong career as a teacher in public and private schools. Because of her background, Parker has identified education reform as a top issue she wants to work on if she is elected. After retiring, Parker founded a nonprofit organization that spurs economic development in Uganda.
Because she visited her nonprofit’s headquarters in Uganda for two weeks in January and February, Parker said she thinks she missed out on endorsements that went to her opponent. Davis won support from the mayors of Bellaire and West U., former District 134 Rep. Martha Wong, United Republicans of Harris County, Texas Conservative Review and The “C” Club.
Parker said some of those individuals and organizations didn’t bother contacting her before choosing to endorse Davis.
“How they could decide she was the better candidate when they knew nothing of me kind of boggles my mind,” Parker said.