The three contenders for the Randall County Court-at-Law #2 spot spent nearly a combined $100,000 during the first reporting cycle of the race.
In reports filed on Tuesday with the Randall County Elections Administration, the contenders for the Randall County Court-at-Law seat shelled out big bucks to succeed the retiring Judge Ronnie Walker. The reporting period ran from the middle of 2017 through the end of the year.
Leading the spending parade was Amarillo attorney Stewart R. Werner. Werner spent $39,464 on his bid. His top expenses were to Double U Marketing where he and his campaign spent about $38,000. The remaining expenses were to the Randall County Republican Party for Werner's filing fee.
Next up was James Abbott. Abbott spent $33,561 with the majority coming from his personal funds. His top expenses were $14,500 to Creative-Cannon and $7,448 to Lamar Companies.
Finally, Matt Martindale rounded out the field, spending $23,616. His top expense was a combined $11,725 paid to NoBox Creative, LLC. Martindale is the second candidate in recent memory who has used NoBox for consulting services. Elaine Hays, who was elected to the City Council in May of 2017, also used the group.
The candidates will meet on the March 6th Republican primary ballot.