Two Republicans vying to unseat Senator Beverly Powell in new North Texas district

In a Texas Senate district that now favors the GOP, two Republican candidates are hoping to be nominated to succeed Sen. Beverly Powell (D-Burleson), who is serving her first term as a state senator.

In redistricting, the Texas Legislature redrew Powell’s district to lean Republican. His new rating on The TexanTexas’ supporter index is R-60%, giving the GOP a strong advantage in the North Texas race.

The district, which is made up of parts of Tarrant County, Parker County and six other counties, was previously represented by Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville).

Powell sued the State of Texas on the new legislative maps, claiming they were part of an “intentional scheme of racial discrimination”. However, she was not deterred from seeking another term, despite the odds being against her re-election.

Notably, Powell and several other Democrats joined Republicans and voted in favor of additional funding for border security during the second called session of the legislature. Part of that funding was for Gov. Greg Abbott’s border wall project.

Powell did not file a campaign finance report as of the most recent deadline, according to Texas Ethics Commission records.

There are two Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for the Senate seat: lawyer and engineer Warren Norred and Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford).

Norred represented Dallas County Commissioner JJ Koch (R-District 2) when Commissioner sued the county judgeDemocrat Clay Jenkins, on his mask mandate for commissioners’ court meetings.

Jenkins had kicked Koch out of court after the Republican refused to wear a face covering in a meeting.

Norred was also the attorney for Shelley Luther, the owner of the Dallas salon who was stopped for opening his business in violation of Abbott’s statewide executive order in early 2020. He has represented clients who continued the governor on nursing home restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Norred had raised $2,960 and had $77,418 in cash in the latest campaign finance report. His campaign also had $108,628 in outstanding loans.

The king was class the 40th most conservative state representative by political scientist Mark P. Jones in his analysis of Texas lawmakers’ voting records.

King was a police officer and was first elected to the Texas House in 1998. He currently serves on the State Affairs and Education Committees.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) approved King last year. He had raised $57,225 and had $980,446 in cash in the last campaign fundraising filing.

Editor’s Note: Former State Senator Konni Burton is the founder and CEO of The Texan.

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