Legislators carved out a new district for fast-growing eastern Denton County, and it appears the new District 106 seat will go to Republican Pat Fallon.
The 44-year-old Air Force veteran and business owner defeated Amber Fulton by a wide margin in the party primary for the new state House seat. Fallon, a former Frisco City Council member, faces no opposition from a Democratic Party candidate in November.
Fallon said that he and his volunteers did some informal exit polling at the early voting site in Frisco and made some other rough calculations that told him it was possible he could win by a large margin.
“Of course, you get nervous — you could be wrong about all of it,” Fallon said.
Despite years of public life, Fulton, 42, a housewife, was not able to garner the votes needed to win. She served on the Lewisville school board and campaigned on her experience overseeing the district’s $450 million budget and 6,000 employees.
She was disappointed in the outcome, she said, especially after working so hard for such a long time.
“It’s surprising to see it in black and white,” Fulton said. “But that’s the system we have, and the voters have spoken.”
Fallon campaigned on giving voice to both rural and suburban constituents. District 106 includes the county’s fast-growing cities of The Colony and Little Elm, alongside the small towns of Cross Roads, Pilot Point and Sanger, with scores of farms and ranches in between.
Fallon touted his leadership experience during the campaign, but declined to say what would come first in his legislative tenure.
“We’ve got seven months to work on that,” Fallon said, adding that he wanted a little time to enjoy the moment after months of campaigning.
“So many people have helped me,” Fallon said. “Now, I’m going to kiss my wife.”
PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.