Texans will get to vote on a slew of statewide offices next month during the Nov. 6 General Election. Here’s how much money candidates and incumbents in three races raised from July 1 to September 27:
For the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, incumbent Glenn Hegar raised $111,650 during the latest filing period, far more than Democratic opponent Joi Chevalier’s $26,694.44. Hegar had $62,218.89 in total expenditures and has $4.9 million in cash on hand. Chevalier had $15,689.15 in total expenditures and $18,937.81 for cash on hand.
Most of Hegar’s campaign is financed by political action committees (PACs), including $25,000 from the Texas Apartment Association and another $25,000 for the Texas Association of Realtors. He also got $15,000 from the Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund Inc. and $5,000 from the Texas Construction Association.
Chevalier received $8,000 from Texas Democratic Women, $1,500 from the Tarrant County Democratic Women’s Club and $1,000 from the Texas AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education.
In the race for the Commissioner of General Land Office, incumbent George P. Bush raised $181,416 while Democratic challenger Miguel Suazo raised $25,965. Bush had $272,210 in total expenditures and $826,716 cash on hand as of the 30-day filing. Suazo had $127,767 in expenditures and maintained $12,013 cash on hand.
Bush’s biggest contribution was $25,000 from Syed Javid Anwar. He’s also received $10,000 individual donations from Jeffrey Hildebrand, the Stephenson Family Trust and Kathaleen Wall. Bush also got $5,000 from the Texas Apartment Association and $300 from Texas Poultry.
Suazo’s biggest contribution is $1,000 from the Texas AFL-CIO Cope Fund, followed by $500 from Paul Toprac. Suazo received $100 from Circle C Area Democrats, $500 from Texas Stonewall Democrats and $100 from Bell County Texas Democratic Women.
In the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner, incumbent Christi Craddick raised $364,0550, more than Democratic challenger Roman McAllen’s $14,276. Craddick reported having $300,465 in total expenditures and has $1.5 million in cash on hand. McAllen had $12,428 in total expenditures and maintained $5,369 in cash on hand.
Craddick received nine separate $10,000 donations from different individuals. Money from PACs donated to her campaign includes $1,500 from Noble Energy and $5,000 from Koch Industries.
McAllen received $1,000 from Texas AFL/CIO and another $1,000 from Lawrence Speck. His biggest contribution was $2,000 from John Mitchell. Other PAC contributions include $150 from Bell County Democratic Women, $100 from Hood County Democratic Club and $100 from the Hood County Democratic Club.
Reform Austin is following campaign contributions throughout the election and will track how money influences votes and politicians in the upcoming legislative session.
Election day in the Texas House District 28 special election runoff is Tuesday, January 28th. The seat became vacant when former representative John Zerwas resigned