January semiannual reports were due for state officeholders and candidates on Tuesday. They cover contributions received and expenditures made during the second half of 2017. For most primary challengers and open-seat candidates, they are the first window into their potential competitiveness in March.
HD2: Primary challenger Bryan Slaton narrowly out-raised Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van), $84K to $83K, during the second half of 2017, and Slaton has a $93K to $45K advantage in cash on hand. Empower Texans PAC ($50K) and Texas Right to Life PAC ($15K) accounted for 76% of Slaton’s total contributions.
HD18: Rep. Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd) out-raised primary challenger Emily Cook, $141K to $62K, and he has a $47K to $35K advantage in cash on hand. Cook’s contributors include Texas Right to Life PAC ($25K). She is the group’s political director.
HD23: Primary challenger Mayes Middleton has a $569K to $223K advantage in cash on hand over Rep. Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson), and he outspent the incumbent, $541K to $161K, during the second half of 2017. Middleton increased his campaign’s loan balance by $500K, bringing the total to $985K. Faircloth out-raised Middleton, $233K to $82K. Middleton’s detailed report is not yet available online.
HD25: Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) out-raised primary opponent Damon Rambo, $189K to $21K, and the incumbent has a $722K to $6K advantage in cash on hand. Nearly half of Rambo’s contribution total came from Flower Mound retiree Darlene Pendery ($10K).