With less than a week before early voting begins in Texas’ primary runoff elections, voters in conservative Collin County got one more chance to hear from candidates in the lone Republican race on the July 14 ballot before heading to the polls.

Collin County Patriots hosted a candidate forum Tuesday night for the two GOP runoff candidates for judge of the 401st District Court, George Flint and Sarah Fox, who each won 40 percent of the vote in March’s three-way primary.

It was the club’s first event since March, when the government ordered shutdowns due to the Chinese coronavirus—and their first meeting under a new moniker.

The group, formerly known as the McKinney Tea Party, changed their name this month to better reflect a membership that extends across Collin County and whose interests go beyond the city. About half of the club’s members come from cities other than McKinney.

Mike Giles, one of group’s longtime leaders, told Texas Scorecard that the club’s name has changed, but their mission has not.

“There is no change in our mission to educate patriots and activate them to participate in our government—local, state, and national,” Giles said. “Our five principles—fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, rule of law, national sovereignty, and limited government—drive all of our actions to advance the cause of liberty and patriotism.”

“The election year of 2020 is critical to the survival of our country, and Collin County Patriots will do everything in its power to elect the best officials to public office,” he added.

Collin County Patriots’ next meeting is Tuesday, July 14—the same day as the primary runoff, which the governor rescheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak. An extended early voting period runs June 29 through July 10.

Texans for Courageous Courts has endorsed George Flint.

Voters can find more information on the Collin County elections website.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.