Myra Crownover was re-elected as District 64 representative in the state House, fending off challenges from Democrat Mary Brown and Libertarian Ian Kull.
Based on early voting totals and about a quarter of the Election Day returns, Crownover was leading Tuesday night with 63 percent of the votes. Brown received 33 percent and Kull received 4 percent of the votes.
“I am excited, and I think Texas is in a great position to lead the way on all sorts of important issues for our nation and other states to follow,” Crownover said. The important issues, she said, are education, transportation, water and energy.
“We are in a position of great opportunity,” said Crownover, who was first elected in 2000. “I look forward to the next session and the important work we have to do.”
During the race, Crownover said she wanted to get back to Austin and continue to work on the problems, such as the deficit and taxes.
Brown could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
During the race, the Democratic candidate said her three concerns were the education budget, civil rights for residents and the responsibilities of Texas as a whole, from environmental concerns to roads.
Kull, who ran on a platform of balance between freedom and government, said Texas is a Republican state, and “4 percent is respectable for a third party.”
His three issues were rewriting a family code, removing restrictions that he says keep small businesses from prospering, and ending the war on drugs.
In other state legislative races, several incumbents successfully defended their seats in contested races: District 63 Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, who had faced a challenge by Libertarian Bruce Hermann; District 12 state Sen. Jane Nelson, a Republican, who defeated John A. Betz Jr., a Libertarian; and District 30 state Sen. Craig Estes, a Republican, who defeated Libertarian Richard Wells Forsythe Jr.
Republican Pat Fallon beat Libertarian Rodney Caston for District 106, which now covers the north and east parts of Denton County.
Republican Ron Simmons won the District 65 seat, defeating Democrat Gary E. Brown and Libertarian Alex Mendoza.
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