Well-funded candidates vie for state education board’s second district seat | VICTORIA ADVOCATE
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.