A heated race for House District 55 boils down to a small cabal of wealthy residents who want taxpayers to foot the bill for their pet project. The current state representative, a taxpayer champion, refused to go along with the tax hike, so the cabal is spending big money against her.

State Rep. Molly White (R-Temple) defeated liberal Republican Ralph Sheffield in 2014’s primary. She went on to become a 2015 Taxpayer Champion because of her willingness to put her taxpayers first.

When business leaders proposed a tax hike that would force citizens to pick up the tab for a private conference center, White stood up for the taxpayers. As a result, multi-millionaire Drayton McLane is backing a former legislator, Hugh Shine, to challenge White in the primary.

Shine is interested in office to help his cronies, not the citizens, telling the Temple newspaper “it’s a good time to return to Austin.” Taxpayers aren’t looking for guys seeking a good time in Austin; they want good representation.

It’s rumored in Austin that Hugh Shine and the good ol’ boys club for which he fronts will run a well-funded, aggressively nasty campaign against Molly White.

White, who has earned accolades for her representation from all corners of the conservative movement, isn’t going without a fight. She beat Sheffield with pennies on the dollar with a grassroots-focused campaign knocking thousands of doors personally.

No matter what they throw at her, Molly White is good for the fight.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."