The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is the state’s chief financial officer. Each biennium, the comptroller is responsible for providing state lawmakers with educated estimates on how much money the state will bring in, and consequently, how much money lawmakers will have available to spend in the state’s budget.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers:
|Texas Comptroller – By The Numbers|
|Glenn Hegar (I)||Joi Chevalier|
|Total Money Raised||$834,986.45||$28,443.28|
|Total Number of Donations||178||359|
|Average Donation Amount||$4,690.94||$79.23|
Joi Chevalier, a product manager and marketing advisor to tech-startups as well as owner of the Cook’s Nook, a commercial kitchen for culinary entrepreneurs, secured her party’s nomination by narrowly defeating her primary opponent, long-time political activist Tim Mahoney, 51.87% to 48.13%.
Key Takeaways from the race for Texas Comptroller:
Before you go…
This election cycle saw an open seat in the Third Court of Appeals, the appellate court encompassing Central Texas, including Travis County. To most Texans, this is an obscure election, garnering little mainstream attention. To Texas politicians however, this court is extremely important. As most government agencies are headquartered in Austin, the Third Court of Appeals hears most cases involving state government. In other words, this court reviews the actions and decisions of state lawmakers. Hegar took a position in his own party’s primary, donating $5,000 to Austin lawyer Donna Davidson in January 2018. Interestingly, this was the only campaign with which Hegar shared his funds. Davidson ultimately fell to former Deputy Attorney General Mike Toth in a runoff election.
Our Race to Raise series takes a deeper look at the most high-profile races of the election cycle, focusing specifically on money raised by those seeking to serve in public office. Stay tuned for the next installment.