Naishtat Challenger Pulls Out

Given the long odds of a GOP victory in HD 49, Republicans don't bother finding a replacement candidate

The sole challenger for Rep. Elliott Naish­tat's House District 49 seat has quietly withdrawn from the race he had little chance of winning. On Aug. 21, the Republic­an Party of Texas confirmed that James Hasik, a business security consultant, withdrew for personal reasons. In a phone message, Hasik said he had effectively withdrawn several months ago (as of July 15, he had raised no money and only spent $8 to register for a campaign website, according to Texas Ethics Commission financial filings). Hasik said he did not expect there to be a replacement Republican candidate and wished Naishtat the best.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Elliott Naishtat
The Return of the Lege
The Return of the Lege
State’s 85th Legislature already a battle of House and Senate

Richard Whittaker, Jan. 6, 2017

Top 10 Election Stories
Top 10 Election Stories
Vote your conscience

Richard Whittaker, Dec. 30, 2016

More by Richard Whittaker
First Look: <i>Attack of the Demons</i>
First Look: Attack of the Demons
Austin animator Eric Power debuts latest at Cinepocalypse today

June 16, 2019

The Ones Who Will <i>Take Your Dead</i>
The Ones Who Will Take Your Dead
Director's real life experiences with gang members inspire horror

June 15, 2019


Elliott Naishtat, James Hasik, election

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle