Amarillo: The Amarillo Police Officer’s Assoc. endorsed Ginger Nelson (Mayor open) and challenger Elaine Hays (P1), Freda Powell (P2 open) and Eddy Sauer (P3 open) for city council. For Place 1, the group previously endorsed Elisha Demerson, the current incumbent, in his 2015 race.
El Paso: Former Rep. Dee Margo (R-El Paso) out-raised his rivals for mayor combined, according to campaign finance reports filed late last week. Margo reported raising $151K between January 1 and March 28, and he has $93K on hand. Contributors included Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), who gave a $5K contribution, and former Rep. Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso), who gave $100. David Saucedo reported $71K in contributions and has $24K on hand. Emma Acosta reported $17.5 in contributions and has $33K on hand. Jorge Artalejo reported no contributions, and Charlie Stapler reported less than $1K in contributions. Reports were not available from the other three candidates. Mayor Oscar Leeser is not seeking re-election.
San Antonio: Mayoral challenger Manuel Medina’s late-filed campaign finance report indicated he had $240K on hand after raising $38K since January 1. His outstanding loan balance is $350K, which included a new $100K loan from the candidate dated March 25.
TDP Endorsements: The Texas Democratic Party has endorsed a series of local candidates on running in nonpartisan elections on the May 6 ballot. According to a statement, these “progressive” candidates were enrolled in its Project LIFT program, which stands for Local Investment in the Future of Texas.
Mayor and City Council Endorsements
Allen: Tabassum Ahmad (P2 open)
Amarillo: incumbent Elisha Demerson (P1)
Bellmead: challenger Linda Robinson (P2)
Burleson: Shannan Sutter (P4 open)
Carrollton: Michelle Beckley (Mayor open)
Frisco: K.D. Warach (P6 open)
Garland: Jack Blackshear (D8 open), who ran unsuccessfully against Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Garland) in 2016
Georgetown: David Sray (D2 open)
Irving: Elvia Espino (Mayor open) and J.C. Gonzalez (Mayor open), double endorsement
Killeen: incumbent Shirley Fleming (D1)
Lewisville: challenger Elena Claros (P3)
Little Elm: challenger Curtis Cornelius (P1)
Meadowlakes: Mel Hazlewood (P4 open)
Pasadena: incumbent Sammy Casados (DD), challenger Oscar Del Toro (DG), challenger Steven Halvorson (DB) and Felipe Villarreal (DA open)*
Pearland: challenger Quentin Wiltz (Mayor) and Darnell Jones (P3 open)
Plano: Ann Bacchus (P2 open) and challenger Stirling Morris (P8)
Round Rock: challenger Tracie Storie (P4) and Tammy Young (P1 open)
Waco: challenger Deanna Leach (D5)
* Because Pasadena was ordered to revert to a prior single-member district plan, the labels incumbent and challenger are applied based on current council membership regardless of district.
School and College Districts Endorsements
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD: John DeLorme (special election)
Coll. of the Mainland: Arnetta Henderson (AL open)
Grand Prairie ISD: challenger Johnny Boucher (D4)
Humble ISD: challengers Chris Herron (P3) and Abby Whitmire (P4)
Pearland ISD: challenger Mike Floyd (P2)
Plano ISD: challenger Carissa Picard (P1)
Tarrant Co. College: challenger Sean Hayward (D3), running against former Rep. Diane Patrick (R-Arlington),who is the incumbent
Texas City ISD: Nakisha Paul (D3 open)
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