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I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join the Longview/ Gregg County Unit of Retired Teachers Association. TRTA is the largest organization of public education retirees in the nation. They are fighting hard for you with the legislature to protect and improve our benefits. The next legislative session will be very important in protecting our insurance program and our pension plans. This is a good opportunity to be involved locally and support the state organization.

We are better together on the issues.  We want to be heard, seen, and respected.



George Kale

President LGC RTA 2016-2020








Meet YOU in Longview ....!



Political Rally

Click here to watch video of rally on Facebook!!!

October 20th, 10:00 AM

Gregg County Courthouse

   Keynote Speaker:  Tim Lee

See You there!

Bring a chair



Sponsored by...

Oil Patch & Longview Gregg County Retired Teachers



Also be sure to check out these sites:
            Texans for Public Education
                   This site RATES those who currently hold office as
                         friendly or not friendly to public education.

                    This site is the online encyclopedia of American politics &
                           and elections.  The site is firmly committed to neutrality.
                          The site has an editorial staff of over 60 writers &                                        researchers to cover local, state, & federal politics

     Republican: Gregg Abbott

      Democrat:  Lupe Valdez      
         Libertarian:  Mark Jay Tippetts

Lt. Governor
     Republican:  Daniel Patrick

    Democrat:  Mike Collier     


     Libertarian: Kerry Douglas McKennon 
    Republican:  Ken Paxton
    Democrat:  Justin Nelson
    Libertarian: Michael Ray Harris
   Republican:  Glenn Hegar
   Democrat:  Joi Chevalier

     Libertarian:  Ben Sanders

U.S. Senate
     Republican:  Ted Cruz

    Democrat:  Beto O'Rourke
Libertarian:  Neal M. Dikeman
U.S. House of Representatives, District 1
     Republican:  Louie Gohmert
      Democrat: Shirley McKeller
     Libertarian:  Jeff Callaway             https://www.facebook.com/groups/texasoutlawpoet4congress/?source_id=378515795924320              

Texas Representative, District 7 (Gregg County)
     Republican:  Jay Dean

     Democrat: no candidate

Texas Representative, District 9 (Harrison County)
     Republican:  Chris Paddie

     Democrat:  no candidate


Accounts Comptroller of Public

     Republican:  Glenn Hegar

     Democrat:  Joi Chevalier

     Liberterian:  Ben Sanders

Comissioner of the General Land Office

     Republican:  George P. Bush

     Democrat:  Miguel Suazo

     Liberterian:  Matt Pina

Commissioner of Agriculture

     Republican:  Sid Miller

       Democrat:  Kim Olson

     Liberterian:  Richard Carpenter

Railroad Commissioner

     Republican:  Christi Craddick     
    Democrat:  Roman Allen
Roman McAllen – www.mcallenfortexas.com
     Liberterian:  Mike Wright

Justice of Supreme Court, Place 2

     Republican:  Jimmy Blacklock

     Democrat:  Steven Kirkland

Justice of Supreme Court, Place 4

     Republican:  John Devine|

     Democrat:  R.K. Sandill 

Place 6 Justice of Supreme Court,

     Republican:  Jeff Brown

     Democrat:   Kathy Cheng

Presiding Judge of Court of Criminal Appeals

     Republican:  Sharon Keller
          No link available

     Democrat:  Maria T.(Terri) Jackson
   Liberterian:  William Bryan Strange III
            No link available


Judge of Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7

     Republican:  Barbara Parker Hervey

     Democrat:  Ramona Franklin


Judge of Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

      Republican:  Michelle Slaughter   

     Democrat:  Mark  Ash








For Longview voters:
You will also be voting on a proposed city bond issue.
This link explains the bond proposal's goals:

Be sure to learn all about this proposal:



Important Dates 2018 - 2019

in BLUELongview Gregg County unit dates; in RED District 8 dates; in PURPLE, election events




June 7, 2018

Executive Committee Meets


July 11, 2018

Executive Committee Meets at 2 PM


July 26, 2018

District Executive Officers and District  Committee Chairs meet  at 9:30

Region 8, Magnolia Room

August 16, 2018

Planning meeting for District and Local Officers & Chair at 9:30

Region 8 Magnolia Room


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MonthlyMeeting                                 11 AM Eat
11:30 AM  Meeting


September & October

Book Project

$$$ collected

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Monthly Meeting           
11 AM Eat
11:30 AM  Meeting


October 18, 2018

Fall Conference
Registration at 8:30
Conference at 9 AM

Region 8

October 20, 2018


Click here for video!

LGC Courthouse

Tuesday, Nov 6



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

11 AM Eat
11:30 AM  Meeting



Foundation Month

$$$ collectedNov

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

11 AM Eat
11:30 AM  Meeting


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

11 AM Eat
11:30 AM  Meeting


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

11 AM Eat
11:30 AM  Meeting


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 Eat  11 AM
11:30 AM  Meeting


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

11 AM Eat
11:30 AM  Meeting


May 3, 2019 Spring Leadership Development Conference Northeast Texas Community       College

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

11 AM Eat
11:30 AM  Meeting



from Tim Lee....NEWS....NEWS....NEWS....NEWS....NEWS....NEWS


Countdown to the General Election: Texas Educator Voting Day is October 22!

Early voting begins next Monday, October 22 and continues through Friday, November 2. Please make a plan to vote early!
We encourage you to support your local educators and new student voters by voting on Texas Educator Voting Day. Texas Educators Vote and many other education organizations across Texas are celebrating our Texas success in registering over 1.7 million new voters this year—a record for a mid-term election in Texas—by encouraging educators to go vote together. Please read the message below from Texas Educators Vote.
Educator Voting Day: October 22, 2018
We have just passed the voter registration deadline, and there are now more than 15.7 million registered Texans! That is an increase of close to 1.7 million voters since 2014. Your dedication to registering all staff and students surely contributed to this 12% increase in registered voters.
Now is the time to make sure that every registered voter actually votes. In March 2018, 77% of voting-age Texans were registered to vote, but only 13% voted. Registration is a necessary first step, but turnout determines elections.
We hereby declare the first day of early voting, October 22nd, 2018, to be Educator Voting Day! Encourage your staff to vote early, wear their “I Voted” sticker, and model civic engagement for students! The Texas Secretary of State has declared the first Friday of early voting to be Student Voting Day. Please plan for both of these important upcoming events.
To do:

     Share the news that Monday, October 22nd is Educator Voting Day.

     Share the news that Friday, October 26th is Student Voting Day.

     Encourage voters to research candidates and their views on public education issues.

     Share our website where voters can learn about how and why voting is so important.

     Share key dates:

     October 22-November 2: Early voting period

     October 22: Educator Voting Day

     October 26: Student Voting Day

     November 6: Election Day

Social Media Posts you may share:

Educator Voting Day is October 22nd. Model civic engagement by voting the first day of early voting and proudly wearing your “I Voted” sticker! #txed #vote

Student Voting Day is October 26th. Share the news! #txed #vote

Elections are determined by who shows up! Plan when and how you will vote today! #txed #vote  

TRTA says “Thank you!” to our leaders and all of our dedicated members for your efforts to encourage civic engagement. You should feel great about what we have accomplished together so far! Let’s celebrate by crossing the finish line together: VOTE EARLY!


Message from Tim Lee....September 4th


Countdown to the General Election: Let’s Change History!

Labor Day has come and gone and with its passing begins the unofficial start of the 2018 mid-term election season. Historically, Texas tends to have one of the lowest voter turnouts in the United States, and that is something the members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) hope to change! Let’s change history this year! Let’s start with our dedicated public education retirees and get out the vote. 

Although retired educators tend to vote in high numbers in general elections, I believe we can reach a retiree voter turnout of 99 percent! Let’s also make the effort to ensure that the other 1 million members of the Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS)--who are not yet retired--reach the same achievement!
If we accomplish this dramatic turnout, our 1.5 million voting block can change history and be the winning factor in any election in Texas. What’s even better is that when Texas educators win, Texas students win too. That is a win/win that really matters! 

Such a turnaround in voter turnout is not easy and is not free of personal hardship or time commitment.  It takes hard work, a positive attitude and a can-do spirit to smile and keep persuading when naysayers say “I don’t vote because my vote won’t make a difference.”

TRTA believes, however, that the effort is worth the work! Dedicating your life to educating the populace is all about the results that can only be achieved through hard work. For years, you taught your students to never give up and keep trying. Now, retirees must do the same to effect change and improve our benefits!
The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. Though that date is important, here in Texas we have the privilege of voting early and voting by mail. Election day really starts on October 22–about nine weeks from now. As educators we know you want to be prepared when the first bell rings, so get ready and we will make sure you have everything you need to motivate the naysayers and make it happen.   

Every Tuesday over the next nine weeks heading into the early voting period (October 22-November 2), the Inside Line will provide information about how and when to vote, and how to locate resources that help you choose candidates who will support Texas public education and TRTA issues. Mark your calendars for class every Tuesday and use your teaching skills to share your knowledge with others. 

Make your plan to vote early during this election cycle! Then use that extra time to share your enthusiasm and your voice with every Texas educator you know and help motivate them to exercise their most important right in our democracy. Together, we can all change history!

Texas Educators Vote

TRTA wants to make voting easy, understandable and fun. However, it is also an imperative for all Texas educators to vote because, put simply, we can’t win in the Legislature unless we have the right team working for us inside the Capitol.

TRTA is part of a coalition of education and civic groups called Texas Educators Vote that is dedicated to one thing and one thing only–creating a culture of voting in Texas public schools. We will be highlighting the resources and activities this coalition uses to motivate educators and students to exercise their right to vote over the next nine weeks. Meanwhile, you can check them out by clicking here. Their site even has a countdown clock and a one-click way to get registered to vote!

The First Message

This week the message is simple: you can’t vote if you are not registered! Although most of our members are registered voters, it pays to verify your registration. If you have moved recently or know someone who has moved, it never hurts to verify voter registration in the new location. 

You can find out if you are registered by clicking here. The deadline to register to vote in the November 6 General Election is October 9. Let’s change history this year and have 100 percent of all TRTA members registered to vote!

Register, Educate, Vote!

Stay tuned for next Tuesday’s edition of the Inside Line when we will discuss voting by mail. If you are 65 or older, you can vote right from the comfort of your home just by following the steps we will provide next week. 

For other articles in series, go to STATE NEWS/LEE 




Please visit our local Longview Gregg County Retired Teachers Facebook page 

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Thank you, Charolette Jackson, for all your wonderful pictures found on these pages


For your management of our local unit's FB page.  You are wonderful!


To the two people without whose HELP this website would not have happened!

Andy Peterson, TRTA Webmaster


Barbara Temple Walton




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