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Primary Election Runoff Review

Bradley Pepper Advocacy

Last month, the Republican and Democratic primary runoff elections were finally concluded and all candidates for the November general election were decided.

Due to COVID-19, this process took nearly five months from the beginning of early voting for the March 3 primary to the runoff election date on July 14 (initially scheduled for May 26).

Here are a few of the notable primary runoff election results and the match-ups for the November general election.


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United States Senate: In the race to face incumbent Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), MJ Hegar defeated State Senator Royce West in the Democratic runoff.

Texas Congressional District 22: In the race to replace retiring Congressman Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land), former Sheriff Troy Nehls defeated Kathaleen Wall in the Republican runoff and will face Sri Preston Kulkarni who won the Democratic primary in March.

Texas House of Representatives District 25: In the race to replace retiring Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) for this solidly Republican seat, former Angleton City Council Member Cody Vasut defeated Brazoria Tax Assessor-Collector Ro’Vin Garrett in the Republican runoff and will face Patrick Henry in the general election.

Texas House of Representatives District 26: In the race to replace retiring Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land), HOME-PAC endorsed candidate Jacey Jetton defeated Matt Morgan in the Republican runoff and will face Sarah DeMerchant, the winner of the Democratic runoff over Suleman Lalani, in November.

Texas House of Representatives District 138: In the race to replace retiring Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), Akilah Bacy defeated Jenifer Rene Pool in the Democratic runoff and will face Lacey Hull in the general election.

Texas House of Representatives District 142: In this solidly Democratic seat, long-time incumbent State Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston) defeated Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis in the Democratic runoff and will face Jason Rowe in November.

Harris County Commissioner Precinct 3: This will be an open race to replace retiring long-time Commissioner Steve Radack (R-Houston). In the Democratic primary runoff, Michael Moore prevailed over Diana Martinez Alexander and will face HOME-PAC endorsed Republican Spring Valley Mayor Tom Ramsey.

Now that the runoffs are behind us and ballots are set, we can turn our focus on the November election that is now only three months away.

Due to the uncertainty that still hangs over all of us because of the pandemic, as well as a renewed focus on Texas as a potential swing state, this is a critical election year for the homebuilding industry.

With several of members of our State House of Representatives delegation choosing retirement and some shake-up on several county commissioners courts, the GHBA HOME-PAC began actively screen candidates to endorse in a variety of races in January and will continue throughout the year. We will provide a HOME-PAC voter guide to all GHBA members based on these screenings prior to early voting in October.

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Bradley Pepper

Government Affairs Director Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA)

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