If you haven’t been keeping up with the excitement surrounding the State House Races, now is your chance! Races this election have been particularly interesting, and the Texas House of Representatives election is no exception. The Greater Arlington Chamber is hosting a virtual candidate showcase from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on October 6, 2020. All major-party candidates running in contested Texas House districts representing Arlington have been invited to participate.
A recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article highlights the buzz surrounding the Texas House of Representatives election this year. Ten seats are being targeted by Democrats to flip control of the Texas House of Representatives this November, including all four Arlington House seats now held by Republicans.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “In Tarrant County, House Districts 92, 93, 94, 96 and 97 are being targeted.” Republican Reps. Matt Krause of Fort Worth, Tony Tinderholt of Arlington, Craig Goldman of Fort Worth and outgoing Reps. Jonathan Stickland of Bedford and Bill Zedler of Arlington represent the districts named in the article.
The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram also reports Democrats “point to Tarrant County’s changing demographics as a shift that they believe will work in their favor, stressing the narrow margins incumbents won by in 2018.”
The Tinderholt campaign has started running 30-second television commercials focused on the candidate’s support for education and teachers. Tinderholt’s opponent in November is Alisa Simmons. She is listed on her campaign website as the President of the Arlington NAACP.
Representative Matt Krause has his opponent Lydia Bean, Ph.D., the founder of the non-profit Faith in Texas. Dr. Bean is the author of The Politics of Evangelical Identity (Princeton Univesity Press, 2014).
The other two districts are open, with the incumbents retiring. Jeff Cason, Republican and Jeff Whitfield, Democrat, are contesting District 92. The District is currently represented by retiring Representative Jonathan Stickland. Mansfield Mayor David Cook, Republican, and attorney Joe Drago, Democrat, are running in District 96. Bill Zedler represents this District until his retirement at the end of this term.
Chris Turner, Democrat, is running uncontested in District 101.
The candidate showcase will be a Zoom webinar. We will email the link to all Chamber Members.
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