HD68 special: Jacksboro attorney and Jacksboro ISD trustee David Spiller (R) leads the five-candidate field with $102K in contributions (includes two daily reports) and $82K in expenditures. Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley (R) raised $14K and spent $19K, and Nocona boot manufacturer Craig Carter (R) raised $9K and spent $50K. Reports for John Berry (R) and David Gregory (D) were not yet available online.

Spiller’s largest contributors included Argyle construction executive James Halton ($10K), the Johns Family Trust ($10K), Jacksboro oil and gas executive Max Poynor ($10K), Cresson homebuilder David Davis ($5K), Jacksboro oil and gas executive Chris Payson ($5K), Jacksboro oil and gas executive Ken Swan ($5K), Graham oil and gas manager Terry McBride ($4K), Granbury retiree Martha Brooks ($3K), Olney executive William McClelland ($3K) and the Texas Land Title Assoc. PAC ($2.5K). Spiller loaned his campaign $30K.

Brinkley’s largest contributors to date has been his county campaign fund ($2K) and Olney business owner Mark McClelland ($2K). The bulk ($6K) of Carter’s contributions came from family. The Old Nocona Boot Factory, which Carter owns, loaned the campaign $50K.

Early voting concludes Tuesday. Most polling stations were closed over the weekend, and polls will remain closed for tomorrow’s (Monday’s) holiday. Through Friday, the fifth day of early voting, 2,279 people have voted in person or by mail, comprising 2.2% of registered voters. Saturday is Election Day.

Campaign Finance Reports: January semiannual reports were due for all state elected officials and candidates, and local candidates where required. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made from the end of the previous reporting period through December 31. For candidates who faced general election opposition, the period began October 25. For those who were unopposed, or not on the ballot at all, the period began July 1.

Our Crib Sheets have been updated to reflect these new reports, and this essentially closes the book on the two-year election cycle. The most important figure in these reports is cash on hand, which sets the table for the 2021-22 election cycle. Twenty-one current elected officials – 18 Republicans and three Democrats – have at least $1M on hand as of December 31:

  • $40.35M – Gov. Greg Abbott (R)
  • $19.45M – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R)
  • $9.82M – Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston)
  • $7.90M – Comptroller Glenn Hegar (R)
  • $5.55M – Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R)
  • $4.80M – Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont)
  • $3.36M – Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills)
  • $2.26M – Railroad Comm. Christi Craddick (R)
  • $1.82M – Land Comm. George P. Bush (R)
  • $1.79M – Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound)
  • $1.71M – Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham)
  • $1.58M – Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown)
  • $1.58M – Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi)
  • $1.26M – Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas)
  • $1.21M – Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola)
  • $1.18M – Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway)
  • $1.14M – Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe)
  • $1.12M – Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood)
  • $1.08M – Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock)
  • $1.06M – Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels)
  • $1.01M – Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston)

Former Railroad Comm. Ryan Sitton (R) reported having $2.04M on hand following his primary loss to Comm. Jim Wright (R). The six statewide executive offices, Railroad Comm. Wayne Christian (R), all 31 senate seats and all 150 House seats are on the ballot in 2022. Craddick is not up for re-election until 2024.

Fort Worth: Nonprofit executive Mattie Parker, a former chief of staff to retiring Mayor Betsy Price, has filed to succeed her. Council members Brian Byrd and Ann Zadeh, Tarrant Co. Democratic chair Deborah Peoples and at least two other candidates are already in the race.

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