Candidate filings closed Monday for the March 2024 primary election, solidifying the race between four Republicans for an open North Texas Senate seat. 

Senate District 30 encompasses Archer, Clay, Montague, Cooke, Grayson, Young, and Jack counties, as well as portions of Parker, Denton, Collin, and Wichita counties.  

Former Denton County GOP Chairman Brent Hagenbuch announced his run a few weeks ago, generating support from elected officials, including Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. 

However, his run drew ire from grassroots conservatives, as the Denton County GOP had censured Hagenbuch earlier this year for donating to a Democrat-supported local candidate.   

Now, Cody Clark—also running for Senate District 30—is challenging Hagenbuch’s eligibility to run, saying he does not meet the residency requirements. Clark is also calling for law enforcement to investigate Hagenbuch for tampering with a government record—in this case, his sworn candidate application.

Clark, who serves as Executive Director of Operations for Avid Quality Care serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is also a former Denton police officer. His campaign is focused on issues such as fiscal responsibility, limited government, and protecting constitutional rights. 

Attorney Jace Yarbrough announced his candidacy for SD 30 on Monday, stating, “I’ve been in tough fights to secure jobs, end religious discrimination, and protect life in Texas. I’ve stood up for First Amendment freedoms when mine were challenged. I didn’t fight these battles because they were easy, but because I refuse to give ground to progressive activists or those who tolerate radical, and anti-American, ideology.”

An Air Force veteran currently serving in the reserves, Yarbrough refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine and was disciplined. He is currently suing the Air Force for violating his First Amendment rights.

His campaign is focused on issues such as securing the border, protecting children, empowering parents, and protecting medical freedom.     

Carrie de Moor, an emergency room doctor, is also running for SD 30 and has received the endorsement of Attorney General Ken Paxton. De Moor’s campaign is focused on issues such as healthcare reform, woke ideologies in education, border security, and protecting life. 

Although her campaign website states that de Moor is against vaccine mandates, local grassroots organizations are skeptical of her medical freedom stance, with Grayson County Conservatives pulling their support over de Moor’s social media posts that pushed for COVID-19 vaccination and masking. 

The Primary Election is March 5, 2024.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.