Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) is continuing his tour of the 31st Senate District of Texas as the race for the state senate is heating up.
Seliger announced a series of town hall meetings set for next week. The senator is visiting Friona, Hereford and Vega as he continues his town hall tour. The additional locations were added to Seliger's tour as he campaigns for re-election across the district.
The stops are occurring as the race for Senate District 31 is continuing to heat up. Victor Leal, an Amarillo restaurateur and former Muleshoe mayor, has been visiting several locations in the district since his campaign announcement in August. Mike Canon, an attorney and former Midland mayor, is also expected to begin touring the district closer to election season.
A statewide campaign consulting firm with ties to Amarillo Matters has also begun hiring students as campaign workers on the West Texas A&M University campus. Amarillo Matters, a local political action committee, was originally formed with its spokespersons saying that the committee would support Seliger.
A spokesperson for Murphy Nasica, the consulting group, did not return the Amarillo Pioneer's request for comment.
Empower Texans, a conservative political action group that supported Canon in the 2014 race for senator, has also criticized Seliger in the past. The organization gave Seliger the score of 75 percent "pro-taxpayer" and nominated the senator for "Worst Legislator" earlier this year.
As of October, no Democrats have filed to run for Texas Senate in District 13.
The Republican primary will be held on March 6, 2018.