Rogers succeeded former Rep. Mike Lang (R-Granbury). Rogers won his seat in a contentious runoff in 2020 after receiving the endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott. He defeated his opponent, Jon Francis, by 678 votes. This time around, Rogers faces voters without the benefit of the governor’s backing.
During the redistricting process, Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) was also included in HD 60, but he is instead running to represent Senate District 10.
As it is currently constituted, HD 60 includes Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Shackelford, Stephens, Palo Pinto, and Hood counties. The district now includes Stephens, Palo Pinto, and Parker counties.
This week, Texas candidates filed their final campaign finance reports in advance of primary day.
Rogers reported $191,650 in cash on hand, $153,940 in expenditures, $279,328 in contributions and $79,100 in outstanding loans.
In an analysis by political scientist Mark P. Jones, Rogers was placed 54th in a ranking of Texas House members from most conservative to least conservative voting record.
Olcott had more cash on hand, $253,027, but had considerably more campaign debt, reporting $300,000 in outstanding loans. He also reported $9,894 in campaign contributions and $168,554 in expenditures.
A retired medical researcher, Olcott received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky.
Turner reported $3,083.60 in contributions and the same amount in cash on hand. He also recorded $12,093 in expenditures but no outstanding loans. Turner is a lawyer and also has 20 years of experience in business.
Marshall has been the mayor of Aledo since 2006. Prior to that, she was on the city council starting in 2002. She did not file a report by the most recent deadline.
Friday was the last day of early voting. Primary day is on Tuesday, March 1.
A map of HD 60 can be found below.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."