Integrity, conservative credentials key factors in Republican race for Collin County House seat

AUSTIN – Seeking a second term in the Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Frederick Frazier says he has built up a record of conservative accomplishments that includes co-authoring priority Republican bills to cut property taxes, ban caregiving gender-affirming juvenile detention and give the state a role in arresting minors. and deport immigrants.

Keresa Richardson, his opponent in the May 28 Republican primary runoff, questions Frazier’s conservative credentials and says the McKinney Republican lacks integrity after pleading no contest to two election-related misdemeanors late last year. .

The May 28 primary runoff election will allow voters to make the final selection of Republican and Democratic candidates who will appear on the November general election ballot. Federal, state, and local offices have a say in important policies, including taxes and basic services.

The hotly contested runoff was staged when Richardson received 40% of the vote in the March 5 Republican primary to Frazier’s 32%.

Early voting for the May 28 runoff ends Friday. The winner will face Democrat Tony Adams in November in a solidly Republican Collin County district that includes parts of McKinney and Frisco.

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Richardson, backed by some of the most conservative Republicans in the Texas House, has attacked Frazier – who has been endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott – for several votes taken during the 2023 legislative session, particularly his vote to impeach to Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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“I decided someone needed to replace him,” Richardson said in a brief phone interview. “The Texas House of Representatives is dysfunctional and things are not getting done.”

Paxton, who has campaigned against House Republicans who supported his impeachment, has endorsed Richardson.

Frazier said he has no regrets about Paxton’s vote, calling it a difficult election that was his constitutional duty.

“It was part of our duty to look at what we had and then not look at anything from the other side and then send it to the Senate,” Frazier said.

Richardson disagrees. In an email, he said he saw “NO viable evidence” offered by the Texas House of Representatives.

Richardson and his supporters also criticize Frazier for pleading no contest to two misdemeanor charges of attempting to impersonate a public servant.

A Collin County grand jury indicted Frazier in June 2022, accusing him of impersonating a city of McKinney code enforcement employee on two occasions to order people to remove campaign signs. His GOP runoff opponent at the time, Paul Chabot, said his campaign signs had been attacked.

Frazier received one year of deferred adjudication probation and an $8,000 fine.

Based on his statement, Frazier was initially dishonorably discharged from the Dallas Police Department, where he was a police officer for approximately 28 years.

Frazier is pushing back against the criticism, saying a Collin County judge dismissed the misdemeanors last month and released him from probation. Once his charges were dismissed, the Dallas Police Department changed his dishonorable discharge to a general discharge.

After the court ruling, Frazier said he is focused on correcting Richardson’s “smear campaign” by connecting with voters in a vigorous round of door knocking and street walking in House District 61.

On the issues, Frazier and Richardson promote similar conservative priorities for the upcoming legislative session, including additional property tax cuts. Both say Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star has been effective in combating illegal immigration.

“We’ve done a good job there and we need to continue to monitor (the border) until we have a change in the White House,” Frazier said.

Richardson said he believes Democrats have “enormous influence” in the House under Speaker Dade Phelan, whom he blamed for allowing Democrats to water down GOP priority bills.

Richardson and Frazier support banning Democrats from serving on key legislative committees.

The two candidates also support Abbott’s plan to eliminate the portion of property taxes dedicated to school maintenance and operations.

Richardson wants to offset the loss of tax revenue by adding a consumption tax on the purchase of a good or service. She opposes raising sales taxes.

“There are a lot of options we need to investigate,” Richardson said. “The entire property tax structure needs an overhaul, and it will be a long and arduous process, but we must spread the tax burden so that our seniors are not at risk of losing their homes when they cannot pay their property taxes.” .

Frazier has had a fundraising advantage with $818,576 in campaign contributions to Richardson’s $263,679 before the May primary. Frazier has also spent $353,362 on television advertising, according to AdImpact, which tracks advertising spending, while Richardson has spent no money on television ads.