Voters in the district, located mostly north and west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, will choose someone to fill the remainder of Fallon’s senate term on Sept. 29.
If no candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff election later in the year.
According to the office of the Texas Secretary of State, five Republicans and one Democrat have filed to run:
- Boot store owner Craig Carter (R)
- Software engineer Andy Hopper (R)
- Grassroots activist and hair salon owner Shelley Luther (R)
- Electrician Jacob Minter (D)
- State Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster)
- Denton Mayor Chris Watts (R)
Of the six candidates, Springer and Luther have drawn the most attention.
Springer has touted endorsements from over thirty fellow legislators, while Luther has benefited from more grassroots support after her rise to popularity when she challenged Abbott’s coronavirus lockdown orders.
Financial reports from the candidates will be due to the Texas Ethics Commission on Sept. 21 and personal financial statements will be due on Sept. 24.
Early voting will begin on Monday, Sept. 14.
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.