Collier wins in Texas House District 95

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Democrat Nicole Collier was handily winning House District 95 on Tuesday night, and stands to be one of many new faces representing Tarrant County in state government.

With about 99 percent of precincts counted in the southeast Fort Worth-area district, the civil trial lawyer had tallied 77 percent of the vote compared with 23 percent for Republican Monte Mitchell.

District 95 includes downtown Fort Worth, Forest Hill, Everman and Edgecliff Village. Marc Veasey vacated the position to run for Congress -- the latest of many members of the Tarrant County legislative delegation to either leave the state House for greener pastures or to get bounced out of office in the primaries.

Collier, 40, wants to expand healthcare and education funding, and reduce the number of uninsured residents.

"I definitely want to make sure we have enough money flowing into our district for education," she said. "I want to see economic development, more jobs, more businesses."

Mitchell, 57, has medical and law licenses. The former Republican State Convention delegate opted to run for state representative instead of Congress.

Other Tarrant County House matchups:

District 93 - Republican Matt Krause was winning with 59 percent of the vote, with 92 percent of precincts reporting. Democrat Shane Hardin had 38 percent, and Libertarian Bruce Beckman had 3 percent. District 93 stretches 30 miles across Tarrant County from Haslet to Arlington.

Krause is a constitutional lawyer who lives in far north Fort Worth. Hardin is a construction manager for a home builder. He says healthcare should be available to all residents. Beckman is a US Airways sales manager.

District 97 - With 91 percent of precincts counted, Republican Craig Goldman was leading with 60 percent of the vote, compared with 37 percent for Democrat Gary Grassia and 3 percent for Libertarian Rod Wingo.

They were competing to replace Mark Shelton, who vacated the seat to run for the state Senate.

Goldman is a former campaign strategist for Sen. John McCain and adviser to Sen. Phil Gramm.

Grassia, a restaurateur, supported restoring funding for public schools.

Wingo, born in Weatherford, is president of Century Air Conditioning.

District 92 - Republican Jonathan Stickland of Hurst was winning with 81 percent of the vote, compared with 19 percent for Libertarian Sean Fatzinger of Euless, with 96 percent of precincts counted. The winner replaces outgoing state Rep. Todd Smith.

Stickland, a consultant to oil and gas companies and a former pest control technician, was endorsed by the NE Tarrant Tea Party.

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District 94 - Republican state Rep. Diane Patrick of Arlington was headed to a win with 82 percent of the vote against Libertarian David Eyerly, who had 18 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Patrick is a former schoolteacher and University of Texas at Arlington professor. Eyerly also lives in Arlington.

District 96 - Republican incumbent Bill Zedler was handily winning re-election with 81 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of precincts counted. Libertarian Max W. Koch III had 19 percent in the district, which includes parts of Arlington, Mansfield and Kennedale.

Zedler has worked in the healthcare industry. The four-term incumbent has said he wants Texas to protect its border without federal help.

District 98 - Republican newcomer Giovanni Capriglione was pulling away with 86 percent of votes, while Libertarian Michael Goolsby tallied 14 percent of votes - with 100 percent of precincts counted - in the northern part of Northeast Tarrant County.

Capriglione, who runs a private equity firm, beat veteran state Rep. Vicki Truitt in the GOP primary. Goolsby is a Fort Worth contractor.

District 99 - Veteran Republican Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth was ahead with 66 percent of the vote, with 100 percent of precincts counted in northwest Tarrant County. He was holding off Democrat Michael McClure, who had 30 percent of votes, and Libertarian Dan Hawkins, who had 4 percent.,

Geren, a restaurant owner and real estate broker first elected in 2000, helped unseat former House Speaker Tom Craddick and serves on Speaker Joe Straus' leadership team.

District 101 - Former state Rep. Chris Turner was winning the heavily Democratric district with 88 percent of the vote, compared with 12 percent for Libertarian Carl Nulsen, with 86 percent of precincts reporting.

The district runs along both sides of of Texas 360.

Turner, who lives in Grand Prairie, represented District 96 from 2009 to 2011 until he lost to Zedler.

Nulsen lives in Arlington and is an insurance operations manager.

Gordon Dickson,

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Twitter: @gdickson

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