Elections

Tarrant County legislative incumbents win re-election bids

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The Texas Capitol Star-Telegram

Tarrant County state lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats alike — claimed victory in their re-election bids.

That means all 11 local incumbents who faced opponents in this year’s election, as well as a handful who were unopposed, will be heading back to Austin in January for the 85th Legislature.

As Tarrant County incumbents held comfortable leads late Tuesday, the same wasn’t true for at least one incumbent lawmaker to the east. In Dallas, incumbent state Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas, lost to Democrat Victoria Neave, who claimed 50.75 percent of the vote to his 49.24 percent, according to complete but unofficial results.

At stake in each legislative race was a two-year term for House members and a four-year term for senators. Both jobs pay $7,200 a year.

Here’s how the numbers looked Wednesday in the locally contested legislative races, according to incomplete, unofficial results from the Texas secretary of state’s office.

Texas House

District 92: State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, claimed 55.6 percent of the vote to Democrat Kim Leach’s 38.7 percent, Libertarian Leah Sees’ 3.7 percent and the Green Party Travis Christal’s 1.8 percent, with 99 percent of the vote reported.

This will be the third term in office for Stickland, an opinionated Tea Party conservative, who plans to push next session for “Constitutional Carry,” to let Texans openly carry handguns without having to get a license first.

District 93: State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, drew 60.6 percent of the vote over Arlington Democrat Nancy Bean’s 39 percent, with 99 percent of the vote reported.

This will be the third term for the business transition and benefit consultant who wants to help “keep Texas the greatest state in the greatest country on Earth.”

District 94: State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, picked up 73.6 percent of the vote to Libertarian Jessica Pallett’s 26 percent, with 99 percent of the vote reported.

This will be the second term for the director of training and recruiting whose priorities include protecting the rights of legal citizens.

District 95: State Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, claimed 75.7 percent of the vote to Republican Albert G. McDaniel’s 24 percent, with 99 percent of the vote tallied.

This will be the third term for the attorney who hopes to focus on issues such as improving the Child Protective Services system.

District 96: State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, claimed 56.9 percent to Democrat Sandra D. Lee’s 43 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of the vote reported.

Zedler, a consultant, was first elected in 2003 and hopes to address issues ranging from illegal immigration to property tax relief next year.

District 97: State Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth, picked up 57 percent to Democrat Elizabeth Tarrant’s 39 percent and Libertarian Patrick Wentworth’s 3.6 percent, with 99 percent of the vote reported.

This will be the third term for the real estate investor who said top issues next session include balancing the budget, adequately funding public schools and decreasing the tax burden on Texans.

District 98: State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, drew 75 percent to Democrat Maricela Sanchez Chibli’s 24.7 percent, with 99 percent of the vote reported.

This will be the third term for the private-equity manager who has said the state budget next year will be key as lawmakers address issues such as reforming CPS and “addressing a broken public education finance system.”

District 99: State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, claimed 82.7 percent of the vote to the 17 percent picked up by Libertarian Dan Hawkins, with 99 percent of the vote reported.

This will be the ninth term for the restaurant owner and rancher who says his priorities include balancing the budget, funding public education, improving CPS and reviewing what can be done to lower the property tax burden on Texans.

District 101: State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, drew 66 percent of the vote to Republican Carlos “Charlie” Garza’s 33.6 percent, with 99 percent of the vote reported.

This will be the third term representing this district for the communications consultant whose top issues next year include funding public education, improving the foster care system and CPS and improving access to mental health care.

Texas Senate

District 12: State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, easily bested Libertarian Rod Wingo, drawing 83 percent of the vote to his 16.9 percent, with 99 percent of the vote tallied. This will be the eighth term for the former teacher and businesswoman who is the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee. “Thank you, Senate District 12,” she said in a statement Tuesday night. “I am honored to be your voice in Austin, and I will always fight for our priorities and values.”

District 22: State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, claimed 70 percent of the vote to the 29.5 percent for Democrat Michael Collins, with 99 percent of the vote tallied. Birdwell has represented this district since 2010.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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