Katy area voters cast ballots in primary runoff elections

By R. Hans Miller and Sandra Sadek
Posted 7/15/20

Katy area voters finally had a chance to go to the polls and make their voices heard in several primary runoff elections that now allow a clearer picture of the ballots voters will face when they go …

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Katy area voters cast ballots in primary runoff elections

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Katy area voters finally had a chance to go to the polls and make their voices heard in several primary runoff elections that now allow a clearer picture of the ballots voters will face when they go to the polls in November.

Among those who survived the second heat of the races for their respective nominations are Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls who is running for the U.S. House District 22 seat and Terry Adams who is running for the First Court of Appeals. Both Nehls and Adams had about 70% of the vote once votes were tallied on Tuesday.

"What a journey this campaign has been. I’m overwhelmed and humbled by y’all’s support and faith. Now the real work begins, and I can’t be more excited to continue this journey with y’all. God bless and thank you." Nehls said in a Facebook post on Tuesday evening.

Statewide and judicial

Nehls defeated Kathaleen Wall for the U.S. House District 22 Republican nomination with 70.03% of the vote. He will be facing Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni in November for Pete Olson's seat, who is not seeking another term.

Christa Castaneda defeated Roberto R. "Beto" Alonzo for the Texas Railroad Commissioner's Democratic nomination with 61.95% of the votes. She will be running against Republican James Wright in the November election. The Railroad Commission, despite its misleading moniker, oversees the energy industry, including oil and natural gas, throughout the state.

Incumbent Republican Representative Mike McCaul (R-Austin) will face Democratic opponent Mike Siegel after Siegel defeated Pritesh Gandhi in the Democratic runoff. Siegel secured 54.24% of the vote to Gandhi's 45.67%.

MJ Hegar defeated Royce West for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat with 52.13% of the vote. She will be running against incumbent John Cornyn (R) in the November election.

“Together, (my supporters and I) are mounting a Texas-sized winning campaign that will take down Senator Cornyn and deliver real results on health care, racial justice, economic opportunity, climate change, immigration, and gun violence,” Hegar said in a brief statement released by her campaign.

Tamike "Tami" Craft defeated Cheri Thomas for the 14th Court of Appeals' Place 7 Democratic nomination with 59.61% of the votes. She will be running against incumbent Ken Wise (R) in the November election.

Kali Morgan defeated Surrendran K. Pattel for the Democratic nomination for District Judge for the 505th Judicial District with 61.43% of the votes. She will be facing incumbent David Perwin (R) in the November election.

Democratic incumbent Amparo Monique Guerra will face Republican nominee Terry Adams after Adams beat his runoff opponent, James Lombardino. Adams received 70.88% of the vote while Lombardino took in 29.12%.

Fort Bend County

James Pressler defeated J.J. Clemence for the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector Republican nomination with 58.75% of the votes. Pressler will be facing Democratic candidate Carmen Turner in November.

Eric Fagan won the Democratic nomination for Fort Bend County Sheriff over Geneane Hughes with 50.03% of the votes. He will be facing Republican Trever Nehls in the November election. Trever Nehls is the twin brother of incumbent Troy Nehls.

Bridgette Smith-Lawson has won the Democratic nomination for the Fort Bend County Attorney against Sonia Rash with 64.86% of the votes. She will be facing incumbent Roy L. Cordes Jr. in November.

Harris County

Democrat Joe Danna will face incumbent Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez after Danna secured 51.46% of the vote in Tuesday's runoff election versus Paul Day who received 48.54% of the Republican vote. Gonzalez, a Democrat, was first elected in 2016 and sworn in Jan. 2017.

Democratic incumbent Amparo Monique Guerra will face Republican candidate Terry Adams to retain her seat on the First Court of Appeals after Adams beat his runoff opponent, James Lombardino. Adams received 70.88% of the vote while Lombardino took in 29.12%.

Incumbent Harris County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5, Place 1 Russ Ridgway has defeated his runoff opponent, Mike Wolfe in the Republican runoff election. Ridgway will now face Democrat Israel Garcia in November to see if he can retain his seat.

Democratic candidate Michael Moore will face Republican Tom Ramsey in the race for the Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 3 seat soon to be vacated by Republican Commissioner Steve Radack. Moore took home 56.95% of the vote while his opponent Diana Martinez Alexander garnered 43.05%. This race will see a new face come into the seat for the first time since 1988 when Radack was first elected.

Democratic candidate Mark Alan Harrison will face incumbent Harris County Constable for Precinct 5 Ted Heap after taking the runoff election for the Democratic nomination with 57.24% of the vote against Randy Newman who received 42.76% of the vote. Heap, a Republican, was first sworn into office in 2017.

Akilah Bacy has secured the Democratic nomination for Texas House District 138 against runoff opponent Jenifer Rene Pool. Bacy had a significant lead in the runoff with 79.47% of votes cast for her while Pool received 20.53% of the vote. Bacy will now face Republican candidate Lacey Hull in November to see who will get outgoing State Representative Dwayne Bohac's seat in November.

Waller County

Incumbent R. Glenn Smith was defeated by Republican candidate Troy Guidry for the office of Waller County Sheriff. Guidry took the runoff race with 56.16% of the vote which will allow him to face Democratic candidate Cedric Watson in November. Smith had served as Waller County Sheriff since 2009.

Smith took to Facebook to congratulate Guidry on his victory and to thank supporters.

“Congratulations to Troy Guidry and wish all of Waller County the best in the future. God Bless all of the citizens and really appreciate all the help over the years,” Smith said.

NOTE: This story may be updated as final voting tallies are updated by the respective counties and the Secretary of State's Office. 

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