Texas House District 30 has four candidates competing for the seat being vacated by Republican State Rep. Geanie Morrison. 

The candidates are A.J. Louderback, Jeff Bauknight, Vanessa Hicks-Callaway, and Bret Baldwin.

Throughout his campaign, retired Sheriff A.J. Louderback has prioritized securing the border and re-establishing national sovereignty. School choice for students and defeating “woke” culture have also been priorities during Louderback’s campaign. 

Louderback has received endorsements from statewide officials such as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. He’s also received the endorsements of Grassroots America: We The People, the Texas Home School Coalition, and Gun Owners of America. 

Louderback’s campaign is mainly self-funded, with several individual donations from smaller donors as well.  

A mechanical contractor and current Mayor of Victoria, Bauknight’s top issues for the election are securing the border, limiting childrens’ access to social media, and keeping sexually explicit content out of schools. Bauknight has received endorsements from Gov. Greg Abbott, incumbent House District 30 State Rep. Geanie Morrison, and Goliad County Sheriff Roy Boyd.

The top contributors for Bauknight include Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and Gov. Greg Abbott. 

However, Bauknight’s party affiliation has come into question, as a 2022 campaign finance report shows he donated money to Democrat State Senate candidate Morgan LaMantia, who narrowly won the South Texas Senate seat in 2022.

Hicks-Callaway, a veterans service officer, states that her top priorities are keeping law and order by adhering to the U.S. Constitution, encouraging safe communities including churches and schools, and growing businesses and the economy. Hicks-Callaway’s campaign has been funded by smaller individual contributors so far.

Baldwin is a development consultant and a former Victoria Independent School District board member. He has received his main campaign contributions from individual donations as well.

Early voting for the March 5 primary election begins February 20.

Amelia McKenzie

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