The primary rematch between Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) and Fort Worth security solutions businessman Bo French is off to a slower start, at least in terms of campaign finance activity, than their expensive 2016 race. Geren out-raised French, $215K to $92K, during the last six months of 2017, and the incumbent has a nearly $490K advantage in cash on hand. Neither candidate reported receiving a contribution during the first half of the year. French reported a $57K loan principal. Geren’s campaign reported no debt.
Democratic candidate Michael Stackhouse has raised less than $1K. Fort Worth mortgage loan officer Sean Russell filed a declaration of intent to run as an independent candidate, but he has not established a campaign committee. This analysis focuses on the two Republicans.
As of this point in 2016, Geren had already raised $533K, almost exactly double the $262K French had already collected. French entered that race much sooner than he did this year. The challenger formed his campaign committee in early April 2015, while the Legislature was still in session, and he raised more than $100K during the first half of that year. He announced his second try for the seat in November, a full seven months later in the election cycle.
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