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Dan Patrick Endorses Smithee for Re-Election

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick endorsed State Representative John Smithee (R-Amarillo) for re-election last week.

Last week, Patrick released a list of endorsements of Texas House candidates, which included Republican John Smithee. Smithee, who represents Texas’ 86th House District, is locked in a re-election battle with retired teacher, Democrat Mike Purcell.

In a press release, Patrick said he is supporting House Republican candidates up and down the ballot, due to his concerns over what he says is the Democrats’ agenda to “turn Texas into California.”

“This election is about big choices and the stakes have never been higher. Democrats want to turn Texas into California and if they win, our state will soon have the same kind of high taxes and increased regulation that keeps California mired in debt and kills business expansion and jobs,” Patrick said. “That’s why, in addition to my own campaign, I have been working harder than ever this election cycle to help elect Republicans up and down the ballot. The House members and candidates to the House I am endorsing today support conservative Republican policies that will keep our border secure and ensure Texas remains the job creator for the nation.”

Patrick, himself, is also locked in a re-election battle, facing Democrat Mike Collier and Libertarian Kerry Douglas McKennon in the November election. Patrick advanced to the general election after defeating former Rockwall City Councilman Scott Milder in the Republican primary. Milder has since endorsed Collier.

Voters will decide these races in November.

Patrick, Smithee  Photos by Campaigns

Patrick, Smithee

Photos by Campaigns

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