ELECTION 2018

Texas House District 54 Rep. Scott Cosper, R-Killeen, continued to add to his re-election campaign war chest in January, according to campaign finance filings due to the Texas Ethics Commission this week.

The newest filings are required by the state 30 days before the March 6 primary election.

Cosper, a former Killeen mayor and councilman, reported $47,637.04 in monetary and in-kind contributions from Jan. 1 to 25 with $54,970 in cash on hand.

The single largest contribution was $12,500 from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform Pac on Jan. 15. Cosper also received ; $5,000 from the Texas Farm Bureau AG FUND; $2,500 from Diane Connell, of Harker Heights; and $2,500 from HOMEPAC of Texas.

The Cosper campaign reported $5,075.50 in expenditures during the reporting period, primarily spent on advertising.

Republican challenger Dr. Brad Buckley, of Salado, reported $2,445 in monetary and in-kind contributions with $3,657.15 in cash on hand.

The single largest contribution was $500 from Winthrop Aldrich, of Killeen.

The Buckley campaign reported no expenditures during the filing period.

Republican challenger Larry Smith reported no contributions during the filing period with $19,480.00 in cash on hand.

The Smith campaign reported $5,970 in expenditures, primarily spent on advertising.

Democrat Kathy Richerson, unopposed in the March primary, was not required to file with the state.

Early voting for the primary opens Feb. 20 and ends March 2.

District 55

Incumbent Rep. Hugh Shine, R-Temple, remained the biggest fundraiser among the three primary candidates with $78,050.61 in monetary and in-kind contributions from Jan. 1 to 25 and $237,535.97 in cash on hand.

The single largest contribution during that period was $12,500 from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC on Jan. 15. Temple wholesale beer distributor Jack Hilliard contributed $5,000 Jan. 3.

Shine’s campaign reported $76,386.83 in expenditures during the reporting period, primarily on printing services and consulting.

Republican challenger C.J. Grisham, founder of Open Carry Texas, of Temple, reported $12,340 in monetary and in-kind political contributions with $26,890.07 in cash on hand.

The single largest contribution during that period was $7,500 from Gerald Haddock, a self-employed investor of Forth Worth, on Jan. 3. All of Grishams’s contributions were from individual donors.

Grisham’s campaign reported $4,998.38 in expenditures during the reporting period, primarily spent on printing and advertising.

Republican challenger the Rev. Brandon Hall, of Calvary Chapel in Temple, reported $9,655 in monetary and in-kind political contributions with $24,088.74 in cash on hand.

The single largest contribution during that period was $5,000 from the Texans Right to Life PAC on Jan. 5. Ron Scharfe, a retiree, of Round Rock, donated $3,000 to the campaign Jan. 5.

The hall campaign reported $8,623.06 in expenditures during that period, primarily spent on advertising.

District 59

Incumbent Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, continues to outpace his only competitor in the March 6 primary with $46,287.04 in monetary and in-kind contributions from Jan. 1 to 25 and $48,322.32 in cash on hand.

The single largest contribution during that period was $22,500 from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC on Jan. 23. Sheffield’s campaign received a $12,500 in-kind contribution Jan. 24 from the Texas House Leadership Fund for a district survey.

The Sheffield campaign reported $51,400.62 in expenditures during that period, primarily spent on consulting and advertising.

Republican challenger Chris Evans, of Dublin, reported $31,660 in monetary and in-kind contributions and $22,109.82 in cash on hand.

The single largest contributor to Evans’ campaign was the Texas Right to Life PAC, which donated a total of $23,325 in four contributions.

The Evans campaign reported $37,227.68 during the reporting period, primarily spent on printing and advertising, as well $5,000 spent on “block walking services.”

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

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