By: Ian Grenier

Both candidates have received endorsements from other political groups and figures. In August, Gov. Greg Abbott cast his weight behind Francis, who also has the support of the Texas Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion group, and the Texas Federation for Children, a pro “school choice” political action committee.

South Texas Democratic state legislators Sen. Eddie Lucio and Rep. Terry Canales have endorsed Perez, as well as multiple Pharr city officials, according to his campaign website.

Both the Perez and Francis campaigns have received tens of thousands of dollars of financial support from billionaire-backed political action committees, including ones with funding traced to Jim Walton, an Arkansas heir to the Walmart fortune, and Reed Hastings, the Californian CEO of Netflix.

By: Bech Bruun - Guest Column

I am also the candidate who best understands the issues facing this district, from our ports to our military installations to our agricultural and rural interests. I am proud to have received the endorsement of the longest-serving governor in Texas history, Rick Perry; the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association; the Texas Alliance for Life; and a number of local elected officials, including my hometown mayor, sheriff and county judge. It’s my experience that makes me the most qualified in the race to represent Congressional District 27 so that we may strengthen our economy and increase the quality of life for our families and our children’s future.