Transparency Texas has examined Beverly Powell’s (D) challenge to incumbent State Senator Konni Burton (R) for Senate District 10 as well as Nathan Johnson’s (D) campaign to unseat State Senator Don Huffines (R) in Senate District 16. This week, we turn our attention to the third highly competitive race, Rita Lucido’s (D) challenge to State Senator Joan Huffman (R) (pictured left) in Senate District 17.
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|$5,000.00||Arturo J Gonzalez PC|
|$5,000.00||Law Office of Thomas J Henry|
|$5,000.00||Rene R Barrientos|
|$5,000.00||San Antonio Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee|
|$2,500.00||Joseph M Dunn|
A solid Democrat seat within Travis County, HD 46 saw five challengers emerge and the incumbent, Dukes, fail to even make the runoff. The two frontrunners were former Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and immigration attorney Jose “Chito” Vela, also serving in local government as a planning commissioner for the City of Austin. Vela squeaked out a narrow lead during the first round of ballots with 39.52% to Cole’s 38.23%. But as is frequently the case in runoff elections, the candidate in second place in after the primary more often than not wins the runoff; Cole eventually won by a mere 183 votes.