Erath County resident Cody Johnson, a candidate for state representative of District 59, issued a statement to local media Tuesday reporting that his campaign has a cash-on-hand balance of $828,663.74. 

The Texas Ethics Commission released its pre-30 day ethics filing reports showing contributions, loans and expenditures for candidates in every race across Texas. The initial filing shows a technical error in the auto-tabulation summary and was promptly corrected with the Texas Ethics Commission. An updated report will be provided to the public by Wednesday, Feb. 5. 

“I always say that it’s time to put up or shut up and I’m not going to shut up,” Johnson said in a press release sent to the E-T. “For too long our district has been bought by special interest groups and outside meddlers - the time for that in our eight rural counties comes to an end this March.” 

Johnson’s campaign said it has eight times the amount of funds as incumbent Dr. J.D. Sheffield and 16 times that of Shelby Slawson, another Stephenville candidate running for House District 59. 

“I will not be bought by special interests and am running only to represent the hardworking people of House District 59, not to go find a job title down in Austin. I’m a conservative businessman and professional rodeo cowboy by trade - I put my money where my mouth is,” Johnson said. “Just like President Trump, I’m proud to self-fund the bulk of my campaign with my hard-earned money and that is seen in this report.”