SD24 open: The Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND endorsed Dawn Buckingham.
CD19 open: The Jodey Arrington campaign announced the endorsement of nine mayors, including Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald, which we reported yesterday. The other eight mayors are:
- Throckmorton Mayor Will Carroll
- Plainview Mayor Wendell Dunlap
- Denver City Mayor Tommy Hicks
- Sweetwater Mayor Jill McKenzie
- Big Spring Mayor Larry McLellan
- Seminole Mayor Wayne Mixon
- Rotan Mayor Marisa Nowlin, and
- Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner.
Glen Robertson will appear at a town hall on Wednesday sponsored by the Texas Tech College Republicans. The event was originally planned to be a debate, but Arrington is not attending. The town hall will be hosted by conservative radio host Chad Hasty. Arrington and Robertson are scheduled to debate on May 9 during Hasty’s show.
Hidalgo Co.: The Brownsville Herald reported that Hidalgo Co. will operate 45 polling sites for the primary runoff election, down from 75 in the primary and down 14 from previous runoffs. The county Democratic Party was responsible for securing election judges and clerks. Thus far, it has secured 40 election judges and 45 election clerks, meaning that another 200 volunteers are needed just to staff the proposed 45 polling sites. [http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/valley/article_6def530c-fade-11e5-bfad-970dd8dc5c4f.html]
AGFUND: The Texas Farm Bureau’s AGFUND monthly campaign finance report shows $62K in contributions to runoff candidates since the March 1 primary:
- $20,000 to Ernest Bailes (HD18 open)
- $10,000 to Dawn Buckingham (SD24 open)
- $10,000 to Rep. Bryan Hughes (SD1 open)
- $5,000 to Rep. Doug Miller (HD73)
- $5,000 to Lynn Stucky (HD64 open)
- $4,800 to Jodey Arrington (CD19 open)
- $2,500 to Scott Cosper (HD54 open)
- $2,500 to Cole Hefner (HD5 open), and
- $2,500 to Rep. Wayne Smith (HD128).
Campaign finance reports were due Tuesday for PACs that file monthly. We’ll look at several other PACs’ contributions to runoff races in the coming days.