Workman out-raises opponents in western Travis County primary


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State Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, out-raised his nearest primary challengers by more than $50,000.

Amber Pearce raised $126,600, more than any candidate vying to replace Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs.

State Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, eclipsed his primary challengers in campaign finance reports posted this week, raising almost $129,000 in the second half of 2017, spending slightly more than $78,000 and having about $135,000 in cash on hand.

Challenger Jay Wiley raised nearly $77,000, spent $17,364 and had $73,746 on hand. Fellow GOP challenger Patty Vredevelt’s report was not available Wednesday afternoon.

In the Democratic primary for that Texas House district, which includes a western portion of Austin, Lago Vista, Lakeway and Bee Cave, Vikki Goodwin raised nearly $30,000, spent $14,434 and had $76,870 on hand for the reporting period. Sheri Soltes raised $11,064, spent nearly $3,000 and had $8,112 on hand. Will Simpson raised $9,383, spent $11,482 and had $9,583 on hand. Elaina Fowler raised $8,416, spent $1,281 and had $1,412 on hand. Candace Aylor’s report was not available Wednesday afternoon.

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In House District 45, which encompasses Blanco and Hays counties, five Republicans and three Democrats are running for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, who is running for Congress.

Republican Amber Pearce raised much more money than other candidates in either primary with $126,555 in contributions, $27,701 in expenditures and $114,454 on hand.

District 45 Republican candidates Ken Strange raised $16,135, spent $1,618 and had $20,821 on hand; Naomi Narvaiz raised $7,687, spent $6,540 and had $6,198 on hand; Austin Talley raised $2,575, spent $2,501 and had $649 on hand. Amy Akers raised no money and had no cash on hand for the reporting period.

In the District 45 Democratic primary, Rebecca Bell-Metereau raised $824, spent $5,245 and had no cash on hand for the reporting period. Campaign finance reports from Democrats Erin Zwiener and Les Carnes were not available on the Ethics Commission website Wednesday afternoon.

In the race to replace retiring state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, Cynthia Flores stood out in the Republican field with more than $42,000 in contributions, $26,425 in expenditures and $16,572 on hand. Jeremy Story raised $11,700, spent $7,700 and had $4,000 on hand. Christopher L. Ward’s report was not available Wednesday. District 52 includes Hutto, most of Round Rock and parts of Georgetown.

James Talarico is running unopposed in the District 52 Democratic primary. He raised $75,296, spent $22,124 and had $71,412 on hand.



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