State Rep. Craig Goldman will be facing off against businessman John O’Shea in the Republican Primary runoff election for U.S. House District 12. 

The congressional seat opened when U.S. Rep. Kay Granger announced her retirement late last year, with Goldman and O’Shea competing for the spot along with three other candidates.

In the five-way primary, Goldman came in first with 44.35 percent of the vote followed by O’Shea’s 26.39 percent.

Goldman (R-Fort Worth) is currently the representative for Texas House District 97. His ratings based on his voting record include a 52 from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a 62 from Young Conservatives of Texas, and a 68 from Texas Right to Life.

Goldman’s record includes voting to weaken the death penalty, expand corporate welfare, impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton—who was later acquitted by the Senate—and legalize sports betting and casino gambling in Texas. 

His listed priorities are securing the border, prioritizing the American taxpayer, defending the Second Amendment, advocating for unborn life, maintaining religious liberty, and fighting the liberal agenda.

Goldman’s endorsements include Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker.

Most of O’Shea’s career has been spent in the business arena, first in banking and then in construction and real estate.

His priorities are border security, pro-life issues, the economy, freedom of speech, the Second Amendment, and election integrity.

O’Shea has received the endorsement of Attorney General Ken Paxton.

According to recent campaign finance data, Goldman’s campaign has received almost $1.5 million, while O’Shea has raised a little over $200,000. 

The runoff elections will take place on May 28.

Amelia McKenzie

Amelia is a senior at Liberty University in Virginia. She is studying Digital Journalism and is currently a fellow with Texas Scorecard.