Further endorsements have been made for candidates in the Special Election for Senate District 28.

On August 20, 2014, candidate Jodey Arrington received an endorsement from the Texas Public Employees Association’s political action committee - EMPACT. According to the group, the TPEA is Texas’ oldest and largest member organization representing the interests of all state government employees and are a non-union advocates.

Jodey Arrington Campaign

Texas Public Employees Association Executive Director Gary Anderson said public employees in Senate District 28 represent a large constituency in the region and are overwhelmingly in favor of Arrington. According to TPEA, Senate District 28 contains more than 18,000 former, current or retired state employees.

“This race isn’t about me, but about our shared vision about how government can and should work,” Said Arrington. “I am honored to have my fellow public employees stand with me in this campaign.”

As of Thursday, August 21, 2014, The Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND) has announced endorsement of Charles Perry for Senate District 28.

According to Texas Farm Bureau and AGFUND President Kenneth Dierschke, Farm Bureau delegates from all 51 Senate District 28 counties were invited to hear all six candidates speak at a forum on Tuesday, August 19. After the forum the delegates voted chose Perry as their candidate.

Dierschke believes that property rights and water issues will be their top legislative concern in coming years and that Perry will represent their interests.

"Charles Perry is a strong conservative in the Legislature and he knows how to get things done in Austin," Dierschke said. "We look forward to working with him in the Senate, as we have in the House."

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Perry said the Farm Bureau endorsement pleases him because it is derived from a grassroots system.

"Individual members were able to hear from the candidates, debate their options and come to an agreement on who to support,” Said Perry. “I look forward to continue working with Farm Bureau to protect property rights and our rural way of life."

Early voting for the Special Election is slated to begin on August 25. The election will take place in earnest on September 9.