District 93 Republican runoff to be decided May 24 

Two candidates in north Fort Worth will face off May 24 in runoff elections to see who will represent the Republican Party in the race for District 93. 

The runoff pits candidate Nate Schatzline, a first-time candidate, against former Southlake mayor Laura Hill. In the initial race, Schatzline garnered 43.6% of the vote in the three-way race against Hill, who earned 36.5%  of the vote. Coming in third was Fort Worth Councilmember Cary Moon, who had 19.9% of the vote. 

District 93 pits a more right-leaning candidate – Schatzline with his support from several area conservatives – against a conservative, but more establishment candidate in Hill, who has support of more traditional Republicans, said Allan Saxe, a political science professor at  the University of Texas at Arlington

“There are several runoffs around the state with a very conservative candidate facing off against a more establishment candidate,” he said.  “This one looks very similar to those.” 

While Schatzline is a first-time candidate, he has received  endorsements from several top-ranking conservatives, both current and former members of the Texas State House, including representatives Jeff Cason, Tony Tinderholt and Bill Zedler. He has also been endorsed by current officeholder Rep. Matt Krause. 

He also has received support from the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn and constable-elect for Precinct 4, Scott Bedford.

“With the assault on our law enforcement officers and calls to defund our police by the woke left, we need leaders in Austin who will stand with our officers and keep them fully funded and resourced so they can do their jobs to protect our community,” said Schatzline in a news release.

The Fort Worth Report reached out to Schatzline for comment on the runoff, but he did not respond by press time.

Hill has received endorsements from Gov. Abbott, Speaker of the Texas House Dade Phelan and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker. 

Hill’s experience includes serving on the Southlake City Council (2004-2015) and as mayor (2015-2021). She is seeing increased support in District 93 for many of Gov. Greg Abbott’s policies, particularly along the border, she said. 

“That’s what I’m hearing as I’m out campaigning,” she said. “They are also very concerned about traffic and transportation issues in the district.” 

Texas House of Representatives members serve two-year terms, are not subject to term limits and earn an annual salary of $7,200. 

The current state representative, Krause, first took office in 2013. He originally announced he was going to seek statewide office, looking to unseat current Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. But in November, after current Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson said she would not seek re-election, Krause announced he would run for the DA position. Krause is now in a runoff with former Judge Phil Sorrells. 

The winner of the May 24 runoff will face Democrat KC Chowdhury, a small business owner, in November.

The state House District 93 is more Fort Worth-centric than under previous district boundaries. District 93 now encompasses Fort Worth, Saginaw, Haslet, Blue Mound, and West Keller. The estimated population for the district is 200,000.

Early voting runs from May 16-20. People who voted in a party primary in March can vote only in the same party’s runoff. Voters who didn’t cast a ballot in the primary can vote in either party’s runoff. 

For more information, visit the Tarrant County election website

Bob Francis is business editor for the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at bob.francis@fortworthreport.org. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Bob Francis is business editor for fortworthreport.org. He has been covering business news locally and nationally for many years. He can be reached at bob.francis@fortworthreport.org