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Democrat Donor Running For GOP State Senate Seat
The SD30 race gets even more complicated
In our coverage of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s political “musical chairs,” from Granger’s retirement to Drew Springer declining to run, things got more interesting. In recent days, Democrat donor and Denton GOP Chairman Brent Hagenbuch filed to run for Texas Senate District 30 (SD30). This is the latest fallout from State Sen. Drew Springer not seeking reelection.
Hagenbuch has filed to run, despite allegedly not living in the district, likely qualifying due to obscure legalese. While presently infamous for his tenure as Denton GOP Chair, stories go back further. Before his selection as Chairman, he took $6.4 million in taxpayer-funded PPP loans in 2020 for his trucking business, where he still serves as CEO.
With this in mind, it is no wonder his establishment faction was so weak on opposing lockdowns. As if being on PPP welfare was not enough, Hagenbuch was outed as a Democrat donor during his selection as Denton GOP Chair. Due to filings, his financial support for a Democrat-endorsed mayoral candidate in Little Elm was exposed. As a result, he was censured at the Denton GOP’s County Executive Committee (CEC) meeting in January of 2022.
During his single term as Denton GOP Chairman, the party was plagued by unprecedented scandal and chaos. Barely keeping his position at the party’s post-convention CEC meeting, the party fell into malaise, with Hagenbuch incapable of running meetings (Precinct Chairs had to vote in the parking lot), and the party not holding regular CEC meetings in months as they are supposed to.
Needless to say, we have covered Hagenbuch’s drama for more than a year.
There is a silver lining to this though: since Hagenbuch filed, he finally resigned as Denton GOP Chairman, effectively ending his saga. All the party needs now is a competent chairman to temporarily occupy the position until elections occur, and the circus ends.
Regarding replacements, while some back businesswoman and Flower Mound Precinct Chair Lacey Riley, Hagenbuch’s allies are pushing for Northlake Mayor David Rettig, who donated $2,500 to the “Denton County Republican Lincoln Cabinet” (Hagenbuch partisans who started their own PAC.)
In bad news for SD30, its residents currently have to choose between Carrie de Moor, and Brent Hagenbrandon. However, State Rep. Jared Patterson has expressed interest in running. Shelley Luther has also posted some interesting messages on X. We sincerely hope denizens of North-Central Texas are not forced to choose between a vaxx-supporter and a Democrat donor.
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