Note: This report has been updated to correct the names of two contributors to the Jon Francis campaign (HD60). For whatever reason, our initial sorting of contributions on his report mis-aligned the contributor names and amounts. Farris and Jo Ann Wilks each contributed $250K, not the two individuals we originally listed. We regret the error.
Yesterday (Wednesday) was the deadline for state officeholders and candidates to file their January semiannual campaign finance reports, disclosing contributions received and expenditures made between July 1 and December 31, or a shorter period if the campaign committee was formed after July 1.
In this report, we examine open legislative seat races and some of the seats potentially in play in November.
SD19: Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) narrowly out-raised Sen. Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton), $189K to $185K, and outspent him, $201K to $55K. Flores has two key advantages: a 3-to-1 advantage in cash on hand over Gutierrez, $327K to $109K, and no primary opponents. Xochil Peña Rodriguez led Gutierrez’s primary rivals with $56K in contributions, $63K in expenditures, $106K in cash on hand and $125K in loan principal. Freddy Ramirez raised $18K and spent $11K. Belinda Shvetz’s report was not yet available.
HD10 open: Ryan Pitts out-raised Jake Ellzey, $176K to $104K, and outspent him, $118K to $53K. Pitts has a slight edge in cash on hand, $61K to $48K. Zack Rader, the third Republican in the race, reported no contributions.
HD25 open: Rhonda Seth raised $117K – nearly as much as the rest of the five-person Republican field combined – and spent $127K, fueled by a $100K contribution from Flower Mound retiree Darlene Pendery. She has just $2K on hand. Troy Brimage has the largest war chest at $75K. He raised $50K and spent $27K. Ro’Vin Garrett raised $41K, spent $31K and has $15K on hand. Cody Vasut raised $24K, spent $36K and has $13K on hand. Mitch Thames raised and spent less than $1K.
HD26 open: Jacey Jetton raised $28K, edging out his two rivals combined, and spent a field-leading $31K. He has $49K on hand, nearly $40K more than his Republican opponents combined. Matt Morgan raised $19K and has $6K on hand. Among the Democrats, Suleman Lalani led with $41K in contributions, followed by Rish Oberoi ($28K) and State Board of Education member Lawrence Allen ($21K).
HD45: Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Dripping Springs) raised $109K and has $75K on hand. Primary challenger Liliana Posada reported no contributions or expenditures. Among the Republicans, Bud Wymore out-raised Carrie Isaac, $57K to $52K, but she outspent him, $58K to $38K, and has the advantage in cash on hand, $109K to $80K. Austin Talley, the third Republican in the race, raised less than $1K.
HD47: Rep. Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin) raised $120K, spent $65K and has $106K on hand, all leading each of her potential Republican rivals. Jenny Roan Forgey ($78K) and former Austin council member Don Zimmerman ($41K) led the Republican field in contributions and cash on hand with $56K and $52K, respectively. Jennifer Fleck raised $19K and has $39K on hand. Justin Berry raised $17K and has $9K on hand. Aaron Reitz raised $16K and has $20K on hand.
HD60 open: Jon Francis raised $610K and has $614K on hand. He received more than 450 individual contributions, but $500K of his total came from in-laws Farris and Jo Ann Wilks. Glenn Rogers raised $104K and has $81K on hand. Kellye SoRelle raised $13K and has $2K on hand. Christopher Perricone’s report was not yet available.
HD74 open: Eddie Morales Jr. loaned his campaign $126K, enabling him to greatly outspend his two Democratic rivals, $46K to a combined $15K, and giving him a better than 10-to-1 advantage in cash on hand. Rowland Garza led the field with $32K in contributions. Neither Republican candidate raised more than $3K.
HD76 open: Elisa Tamayo out-raised primary opponent Elisa Tamayo, $64K to $30K, outspent her $43K to $8K, and has a $35K to $19K advantage in cash on hand.
HD92 open: Jeff Cason out-raised Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, $54K to $30K, and outspent him, $65K to $46K. Griffin has a significant edge in cash on hand, $55K to $1K. Cason’s largest contributors were Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s (R-Bedford) campaign ($26K) and Rep. Kyle Biedermann’s (R-Fredericksburg) campaign ($5K). Taylor Gillig, the third Republican in the race, raised $3K. On the Democratic side, Jeff Whitfield out-raised Steve Riddell, $120K to $32K, and has a $100K advantage in cash on hand.
HD102: Former Rep. Linda Koop (R-Dallas) out-raised Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D-Dallas), $91K to $51K, and holds a $68K to $35K advantage in cash on hand. Koop’s primary challenger raised $4K.
HD108: Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas), who has no primary opposition, raised $321K, spent $119K and has $396K on hand. Shawn Terry leads the three-person Democratic field with $153K in contributions, $143K in expenditures and $200K on hand. Joanna Cattanach raised $81K, spent $64K and has $65K on hand. Tom Ervin raised $27K, spent $21K and had $33K on hand.
HD112: Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Garland) out-raised Democratic challenger Brandy Chambers, $275K to $87K, and has a $772K to $72K advantage in cash on hand. Neither faces a primary opponent.
HD113: Republican challenger Will Douglas out-raised Rep. Rhetta Bowers (D-Rowlett), $104K to $39K, and he has a $73K to $39K advantage in cash on hand. Neither faces a primary opponent.
HD114: Rep. John Turner (D-Dallas) out-raised Republican challenger Luisa Del Rosal, $251K to $192K, and he has a $388K to $284K advantage in cash on hand.
HD119 open: Jennifer Ramos raised $8K, and Sean Villasana raised $6K. Liz Campos’s report was not yet available.
HD128: Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) out-raised primary challenger Robert Hoskins, $126K to $5K, and outspent him, $39K to $26K. Cain has the advantage in cash on hand, $134K to $4K. Democrat Josh Markle raised $79K and has $68K on hand.
HD132: Rep. Gina Calanni (D-Katy) raised $82K and has $71K on hand. On the Republican side, Angelica Garcia narrowly out-raised former Rep. Mike Schofield (R-Katy), $28K to $27K, but Schofield has a considerable advantage in cash on hand, $152K to $21K.
HD134: Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston) raised $90K, spent $76K and has $231K on hand with no primary opposition. Ann Johnson led the three Democrats with $58K in contributions and $148K on hand, followed by Lanny Bose’s $55K in contributions and $41K on hand. Ruby Powers raised $43K and spent $41K, most among the Democrats. She has $18K on hand.
HD135: Rep. Jon Rosenthal (D-Houston) raised $71K and has $41K. Justin Ray, his chief Republican rival, raised $53K and has $47K on hand. Ray’s primary opponent reported no contributions.
HD138 open: Lacey Hull led the three-person Republican field with $50K in contributions and $46K on hand. Claver Kamau-Imani raised $19K and has $17K on hand. Josh Flynn raised $12K, led the field with $21K in expenditures and has $9K on hand. On the Democratic side, Josh Wallenstein out-raised Akilah Bacy, $42K to $28K, outspent her $36K to $7K, and has a $52K to $14K advantage in cash on hand.
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