State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, has rolled out a new television ad touting a commitment to families.
The 30-second ad references a bill Stickland helped push through the Legislature that allows children of active duty service members to receive excused absences in school while spending time with those parents or guardians. The ad said Stickland, who is defending his seat in House District 92, fights "for the things that matter most."
Andy Cargile, a local school board trustee and retired high school principal, is challenging Stickland in an increasingly contentious race that has drawn attention because it pits Tea Party backers against Cargile's mainstream Republican supporters.
The two are set to debate Tuesday night in Hurst.