Another candidate has entered the race for an open West Texas House seat, and is already touting multiple endorsements, including Sen. Ted Cruz.

Earlier this year, State Rep. Four Price (R–Amarillo) announced he would not seek re-election for the seat he has held since 2010.

This week, Amarillo businesswoman Caroline Fairly announced she will be entering the open race in the Republican primary. 

“The Texas panhandle is where I found my faith which will be the foundation that informs my decisions and values. It’s where I learned my conservative principles: to work hard, be Texas tough, and love this great country,” said Fairly. “We need more leaders like that in Austin—real conservatives who won’t compromise the principles that made Texas great.”

Upon her announcement, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz offered his endorsement. 

“An Amarillo native, community leader, and passionate conservative, Caroline Fairly understands that at a time when our conservative values are being trampled on, there is nothing more important than standing up and fighting for our Texan way of life,” said Cruz. “Caroline is dedicated to ensuring that the Panhandle remains a strong beacon of conservative, Texan values, which is why I am proud to endorse her for Texas House District 87.”

U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson also offered his support, writing on X, “Caroline Fairly is not only a friend but has been with me since the very beginning. She was instrumental in helping me get elected and was a key member of my team representing the BEST district in the country, #TX13. I can’t think of anyone better to represent YOU in the Texas Legislature.”

Other candidates that have announced their intention to run include Amarillo attorney Jesse Quackenbush and realtor Cindi Bulla.

The Republican primary election will take place on March 5, 2024. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens