In General Election balloting this week, two new members were elected to the Wylie Independent School District board of trustees, a long-time U.S. Representative was unseated and funding was approved to address transportation issues in Collin County.
The General Election was conducted Tuesday, Nov. 6 and held few surprises. A Blue Wave ushering Democratic candidates into office failed to materialize, with only a few exceptions.
One of those exceptions was in the race for U.S. Representative, District 32 that pitted long-time Republican incumbent Pete Sessions against Democratic challenger Colin Allred, a civil rights lawyer and former National Football League player. Allred won the office with 142,885 votes (52.16 percent) to 125,600 (45.85 percent) for Sessions.
Allred did not win approval in the Collin County part of the district, but picked up the necessary votes for victory in Dallas County.
Republican Candy Noble received 44,312 votes (59.47 percent) to defeat Democratic nominee Ray Ash, 30,080 votes (40.43 percent), winning election as State Representative, District 89. Noble replaces Jodie Laubenberg who opted to not seek another term.
Elected Collin County Judge was Republican Chris Hill, a former county commissioner, who received 193,168 votes (57.23 percent) to defeat Democratic nominee Danyell Lanier, 144,363 votes (42.77 percent). Current County Judge Keith Self decided to not seek a new term.
Democrat Clay Jenkins retained his status as Dallas County Judge with 445,588 votes (63.28 percent). Republican nominee Brian Hutcheson received 240,557 vote (34.16 percent) and Libertarian Preston Poulter won 18,031 votes (2.56 percent).
Incumbent Collin County Commissioner Cheryl Williams, Precinct 2, received 43,545 votes (55.54 percent) to defeat Democratic challenger Tanner Do, 34,851 votes (44.46 percent).
Republican J.J. Koch was elected Dallas County Commissioner, receiving 125,489 votes (51.85 percent). Democrat Wini Cannon received 108,807 votes (44.96 percent) and Libertarian Alberto J. Perez won 7,731 votes (3.19 percent).
In Collin County, incumbent Justice of the Peace Jerry Shaffer, Precinct 2, received 24,509 votes (67.2 percent) to defeat Democratic challenger Dian Engelman, 11,964 votes (32.8 percent) for a second term in office.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, in Dallas County had two open positions. Democrat Margaret O’Brien won Place 1 with 78,871 votes (55.4 percent). Her challenger, Republican Ashley Hutcheson, received 63,491 votes (44.6 percent).
Democrat Katina Whitfield received 79,104 votes (55.48 percent), winning her Place 2. Republican Bill Metzger received 63,465 votes (44.52 percent).
New members elected to the WISD board were Stacie Smith, Place 1, and Jacob Day, Place 6. Smith received 13,486 votes (75.39 percent) to 4,402 (24.61 percent) cast for Nick Klein, while Day received 8,227 votes (57.51 percent) to defeat Raymond Perry with 6,079 votes (42.49 percent).
Running unopposed for re-election to the school board were Mitch Herzog, 12,703 votes, and Heather Leggett, 13,127 votes.
Collin County approved all three parts of a $750 million bond election addressing transportation needs to meet a growing population expected to double over the next 25 years.
Proposition A for $600 million received 221,905 (68.63 percent) for votes, Proposition B for $140 million received 221,493 (68.95 percent) for votes and Proposition C for $10 million for parks and open space received 230,923 (71.43 percent) for votes.
There were no Dallas County or Garland ISD elections.
Ballots this fall included most of the top state government offices and a high-profile race to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.
In the U.S. Senate race, GOP incumbent Ted Cruz held off Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke to win a second term. Cruz received 4.2 million votes (50.89 percent) statewide to 4.01 million (48.32 percent) cast for O’Rourke and 65,034 votes (0.78 percent) for Libertarian Neal M. Dikeman.
By Joe Reavis and Morgan Howard • [email protected]