Who will replace Four Price?

Texas State Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) announced his retirement back in July.

“It’s an honor for me to serve as the State Representative for the 87th District in the Texas House of Representatives, and I’m thankful to be representing the best people in Texas

“I am making known at this early stage of the campaign cycle, however, that I do not intend to seek re-election in 2024. Consequently, my current term of service will end in January 2025.

“From day one, I have worked hard to serve my constituents and improve our community. It’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work on their behalf in the legislature and play a meaningful role in passing landmark legislation. I’ve given this decision considerable thought and believe the time is right to complete my service as a House member.

“Very few people get to be a member of the Texas Legislature. Even fewer get to choose the length of their service or accomplish their legislative priorities.

“I’m grateful to House District 87 for allowing me the chance to do both. It’s been a wonderful experience through which I’ve made many new and lifelong friendships. Thank you to my wife Karen and my family, my dedicated staff and everyone in HD 87 for giving me the opportunity to serve and represent this special district in the Texas Panhandle," Price said.

Price noted that he has represented District 87 for seven sessions in the Texas Legislature after initially being elected in 2010. House District 87 currently includes Carson County, Hansford County, Hutchinson County, Lipscomb County, Moore County, Ochiltree County, Potter County, and Sherman County.

Who will step up from the 87th District and run for this seat?  Vying to succeed Price are four GOP candidates: realtor Cindi Bulla, 24-year-old businesswoman Caroline Fairly, Perryton ISD trustee Richard Beyea, and 2022 Texas Senate candidate Jesse Quackenbush.

The race represents a good old-fashioned clash between the old guard and new blood in Amarillo. Bulla is backed by the realtors PAC and served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Fairly, whose father Alex has become a political staple in Amarillo, works for the family business The OccuNet Company.

The younger Fairly is backed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-TX-13), Paxton, state Sen. Kevin Sparks (R-Midland), and new Amarillo Mayor Cole Stanley.

Alex Fairly has grappled politically with former mayor Ginger Nelson, who’s part of the city’s old guard. He sued Nelson and the city, and won, over its $260 million debt maneuver that attempted to circumvent voters’ rejection of a 2020 bond for a new civic center. 

Quackenbush, a local attorney, finished fourth in the 2022 primary for Senate District 31, a race won outright by Sparks. Beyea previously ran for the Texas House six years ago against state Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian).

The race is viewed as chiefly between Fairly and Bulla with a runoff very much a possibility given the two other candidates in the race.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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