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Amarillo Police Organization Backs Challengers, Incumbents in Local Races

The Amarillo Police Officers Association has backed a diverse group of Republican candidates in the upcoming March 6th Republican primary.

In endorsements announced on Thursday, the APOA announced that it would be backing a group of several contenders in local races. First up, the group backed challenger Victor Leal for Texas Senator over former Midland mayor Mike Canon and incumbent Kel Seliger. The group also chose to support Representative Four Price over Fritch city manager Drew Brassfield for the District 87 State Representative seat.

For Amarillo's judicial races, APOA members backed criminal defense attorney Steven M. Denny for 320th District Judge, Matthew Hand for Potter County Court-at-Law #2 and Matt Martindale for Randall County Court-at-Law #2.

Rounding out the endorsements, police captain Tam Boatler got the nod from the group over incumbent Precinct 2 Randall County Commissioner Mark C. Benton.

The group did not make endorsements in any clerk races, the Potter County Court-at-Law #1 race or the Potter County Justice of the Peace precinct 2 race.

Voters will decide each of these races in the March 6th Republican primary.

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