March 6, 2018
In the marquee local race for Lubbock County Democrats in the March primary, Samantha Fields advanced to the November election in hopes of representing House District 84.
Fields won Tuesday by securing 58 percent of the total votes cast in the Democrat primary. She beat Austin Carrizales, who got 42 percent of the votes.
“I’m excited,” Fields said at her election-night party at 50th Street Caboose. “There was a lot of empathy with my campaign — a lot of saying I understand the struggles that you’re going through, and it’s not just saying that. I know what you’re going through because my paycheck right now is not meeting my needs. It’s expressing that to people, letting them know that they’re not alone.”
There were 3,405 votes cast in this race – fields won by 567 votes.
Fields’ campaign was based around a few key issues — she said her focus is on breaking the cycle of poverty, which she believes can largely come through the state expanding Medicaid. She also wants to stop legislation she believes is written to attack groups of people.
Fields was among her friends and campaign supporters Tuesday night as she watched the results come in. There were hugs when Fields’ victory looked secure, and then her campaign team scheduled a time to meet to start planning for the general.
The active Democrat volunteer will now challenge Republican Rep. John Frullo in the November general election. Frullo did not face a contested primary as he’s seeking his fifth term as state representative. Frullo was first elected in 2010 after a primary runoff and a contested general election in which he received 68 percent of the vote. He faced a Democrat again in 2012 and 2014 and won with 83 and 73 percent of the overall votes respectively. He did not face a Democrat in the 2016 election.
“The message stays the same — it’s very broad and it’s very real. People are looking for something real and authentic these days and it’s hard to find in politics,” she said.