We continue our exploration of straight-ticket voting trends in competitive or potentially competitive districts by returning to Dallas Co. for a look at HD115. The district is comprised of the Dallas Co. portions of Carrollton and Coppell and portions of Farmers Branch and Irving. Small portions of Addison, Dallas and Lewisville also lie within the district’s boundaries.

Rep. Matt Rinaldi

Rep. Matt

Dorotha Ocker


Freshman Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) faces Democrat Dorotha Ocker, a Carrollton attorney, in the general election. Rinaldi’s 2014 Democratic opponent, Irving attorney Paul Stafford, has filed paperwork to pursue an independent candidacy, but his online presences and campaign finance reports indicate little forward momentum.

Ocker reported having $106K on hand as of June 30, buoyed by her $100K loan to her campaign. Ocker raised $19K since January 1, about a third of which were in-kind contributions from her law firm. Much of her remaining contributions were received in June. Rinaldi reported less than $2K on hand. He raised less than $7K since his primary rematch victory over former Rep. Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell). Stafford reported no cash on hand and no contributions.

Rinaldi defeated Stafford by 5,232 votes – slightly more than the Republican straight-ticket advantage – in 2014.

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