Brad Buckley will face Democrat Kathy Richerson in November for the Texas House District 54 after defeating incumbent Republican Scott Cosper in a primary party runoff May 22.
Bobby Whitson unseated Tim Brown and will be the Bell County Precinct 2 Commissioner as he faces no opposition in November. Whitson won the primary runoff with 1,804 votes while Brown had 1,496 votes. In the March primary, Brown had 1,957 votes while Whitson had 1,459. Brit Owen had 980 votes in March.
Brown won his home precinct in Salado (precinct 203) but Whitson took the western Bell County boxes in Killeen and Harker Heights. Brown had 720 votes in the Salado precinct while Whitson had 487. Whitson took all of the other 9 precincts in the western part of the county, with as much as 70 percent of the vote in some boxes there.
Buckley won the Republican Party nomination with 4,445 votes while Cosper, a one term incumbent, had 3,185.
In the March primary, Buckley had 4,185 votes while Cosper had 4,4492 and Larry Smith had 1,395.
Michael “Mike” Toth got the nod for Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District, Place 6 with 27,252 votes while Donna Davidson had 23,954.
Paul LePak won District Judge, 264th Judicial District Republican Primary with 4,803 votes compared to Jeff Parker’s 2,768 votes. In precinct 2, LePak had a commanding turnout with 737 votes compared to Parkers 371.
Democrat Mary Jennings “MJ”Hegar will face Republican incumbent John Carter in November for U.S. House of Representatives District 31. She won the Democrat party runoff tonight over Chrstine Eady Mann by taking 8,843 votes to Mann’s 5,370 votes.
With 89 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Lupe Valdez holds a 5 percent lead over Andrew White. Valdez has 207,320 votes while White has 187,531 votes. The winner will face Republican Governor Greg Abbott in November.