(Updated: Friday, March 4)
As a courtesy to our members who may not have access to local election results throughout the state, we thought we would send out this special update on prosecutor-related elections. This is information that we have obtained from a variety of sources (internet news, personal reports, carrier pigeon delivery, etc.), but we reserve the right to make mistakes based upon the second-hand nature of the information we have received. With that caveat, here goes.
The 24-hour cable news cycle is having a field day with the presidential race (with an assist from social media). To hear them tell it, in one corner, the philandering xenophobic casino-owning reality TV star currently being sued for fraud is still outsmarting the abrasive narcissistic liar and the milquetoast immigration flip-flopper, while in the other corner, the coattail-riding pathological liar currently under federal investigation for security breaches lengthened her lead over the crotchety socialist senior citizen who has only a tenuous connection to reality. Meanwhile, all congressional incumbents won their primaries despite Congress’ public approval rating being at an all-time low.
Is this a great country, or what?
In the high court races, three incumbent Supreme Court justices (Lehrmann, P. Green, and Guzman) and one incumbent Court of Criminal Appeals judge (Keasler) all won their primary challenges, while there will be GOP run-offs for Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2—Harris County Criminal District Judge Mary Lou Keel vs. Collin County District Judge Ray Wheless—and Place 5—defense lawyer Scott Walker vs. Williamson County ADA Brent Webster.
In the state Senate—stop us if you’ve heard this before—all incumbents prevailed in their primary races and will return to Austin next January. (What’s the point of redistricting if you don’t make yourself safe from challenge in the general election, right?) The only suspense involves two open (Republican) seats that are going to run-offs, with the eventual winners likely to tip the partisan balance slightly farther to the right (if that is possible). Over in the House, a gusher’s worth of West Texas oil money was spent trying to expand the libertarian/Tea Party/anti-Joe Straus faction in the House, but to little or no effect. Speaker Straus won his own race convincingly, most of his lieutenants are returning, four GOP incumbents lost their primary races (with the “outsiders” and the “establishment” splitting those seats), and the remaining open House seats were relatively evenly divided between pro- and anti-Straus candidates (although a few run-offs remain undecided). As a result, the Speaker’s gavel is Straus’ for the asking once again in 2017, although he may have to expand his penalty box to accommodate two or three new objectors next session.
District Attorney races
The following are results for contested district attorney primary races in both parties, with incumbents in bold and retiring prosecutors listed after their counties.
2nd DA (Cherokee) (R): Former DA Elmer Beckworth defeated Rachel Patton in a rematch from 2012; no D opponent.
24th DA (Dewitt/Goliad/Refugio) (Mike Sheppard) (R): ADA Robert Lassmann is in a run-off with Bee Co. ADA Terry Breen; no D opponent.
26th DA (Williamson) (R): Shawn Dick defeated Jana Duty; no D opponent.
29th DA (Palo Pinto) (R): Kriste Burnett defeated Michael Burns; no D opponent.
32nd DA (Nolan/Fisher/Mitchell, Anna Reed) (R): Ricky Thompson defeated John Young; no D opponent.
34th DA (El Paso/Hudspeth/Culberson) (D): Jaime Esparza is in a run-off with Yvonne Rosales (he missed an outright win by less than 200 votes); no R opponent.
35th DA (Brown/Mills)(R): Micheal Murray defeated Bill Ruth; no D opponent.
47th DA (Potter/Armstrong)(R): Randall Sims defeated Steven Denney; no D opponent.
50th DA (Knox/Baylor/Cottle/King, David Hajek): Baylor CA Jennifer Habert Dick beat Knox CA Lina Trevino
53rd DA (Travis, Rosemary Lehmberg) (D): Margaret Moore defeated Rick Reed and Gary Cobb without a run-off; faces Maura Phelan (R) in the fall.
63rd DA (Val Verde/Kinney/Terrell) (D): Fred Hernandez defeated Jacques De La Mota; faces Michael Bagley (R) in November.
79th DA (Jill Wells/Brooks) (D): Carlos Omar Garcia defeated Rumaldo “Rumy” Solis, Jr.; no R opponent.
83rd DA (Pecos/Brewster/Jeff Davis/Presidio)(D): Jaime Escuder defeated Rod Ponton; faces Sandy Wilson (R) in November.
88th DA (Hardin) (R): David Sheffield beat Tom Roebuck; no D opponent.
97th DA (Archer/Clay/Montague) (R): Casey Pohlemus defeated Paige Williams; no D candidate
105th DA (Nueces) (D): Mark Gonzalez defeated Mark Skurka and will face Republican James Gardner in November.
106th DA (Dawson/Gaines/Garza/Lynn) (R): Mike Munk is in a run-off with Philip Mack Furlow; no D opponent.
110th DA (Floyd/Dickens/Motley/Briscoe, Becky McPherson) (R): Lubbock ADA Wade Jackson is in a run-off with Rob Hamilton; no D candidate.
119th DA (Tom Green/Concho/Runnels), George McCrea) (R): ADA John Best defeated Andrew Graves; no D candidate.
142nd DA (Midland, Teresa Clingman)(R): First Asst. DA Laura Nodolf defeated Will Lundy; no D opponent.
145th DA (Nacogdoches) (R): Nicole Lostracco defeated Rey Morin; no D opponent.
159th DA (Angelina, Art Bauereiss)(R): Joe Martin defeated ADA Katrina Carswell; no D candidate.
173rd DA (Henderson, Scott McKee)(R): 1st ADA Mark Hall (unopposed)
220th DA (Bosque/Comanche/Hamilton, B.J. Shepherd)(R): ADA Adam Sibley (unopposed)
229th DA (Starr/Duval/Jim Hogg) (D): Omar Escobar defeated J.M. “Chuy” Alvarez and Jose Ruiz Ramos without a run-off.
286th DA (Cochran/Hockley) (R): Christopher Dennis defeated Richard Husen; no D opponent.
Grayson County CDA (R): Joe Brown defeated Bobbie Peterson Cate; no D opponent.
Harris County DA (D): Kim Ogg defeated Lloyd Oliver and Morris Overstreet without a run-off, will face Devon Anderson (R) in the fall.
Taylor County CDA (James Eidson) (R): ADA James Hicks defeated ADA Joel Wilks; no D opponent.
County Attorney races
Archer County (R): David Levy defeated Burk Morris; no D candidate.
Cameron County (D): Luis Saenz defeated Willacy ACA Carlos Masso and will face Willacy ACA Jeremy Sorelle (R) in November.
Freestone County (R): Brian Evans defeated Chris Martin and Navarro ACDA Andrew Wolf without a run-off; no D opponent.
Harris County (R): Jim Leitner beat Chris Carmona; will face Vince Ryan (D) in November.
Henderson County (R): Clint Davis defeated former CA James Owen; no D opponent.
Hood County (R): Matt Mills defeated Lori Kaspar; no D opponent.
Jim Wells County (Jesusa Sanchez-Vera) (D): Michael Guerra defeated Edie Gonzalez-Lemon; no R opponent.
Kimble County (Allen Ahlschwede) (R): Kerr ADA Donnie Coleman (unopposed)
Liberty County (Wes Hinch) (R): Mark Beausoleil and Matthew Poston made the run-off; no D opponent.
Montgomery County Attorney (R): J.D. Lambright beat Gary F. Beauchamp; no D candidate.
Palo Pinto County (Phil Garrett) (R): Jimmy Ashby will face Keri Walden in a run-off; no D opponent.
Pecos County (D): Ori White is in a run-off with former 83rd DA Jesse Gonzales, Jr.; the winner will face Frank Lacy (R).
Potter County (R): Scott Brumley defeated Len Walker; no D opponent.
Shackelford County (R): Colton Johnson defeated Amanda Ruff; no D opponent.
Willacy County (D): Bernard Ammerman is in a run-off with Annette Hinojosa; no R opponent.
Again, we have cobbled together this information from a variety of sources, but we can’t always guarantee its accuracy. If you have a correction or addition you would like to share with us, please send it to [email protected]. Thanks!
Quotes of Super Tuesday
“The most dishonest person in America is a woman who’s about to become president. How could that be? My party has gone bat-sh*t crazy.”
—Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), former GOP presidential candidate, predicting that his party’s support of Donald Trump will cost it an otherwise winnable election.
“It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS. … The money’s rolling in and this is fun. … I’ve never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry—it’s a terrible thing to say—but, ‘Bring it on, Donald, keep going.’”
—Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS, on the impact a certain GOP presidential candidate is having on his company’s advertising bottom line.
“The Travis County Republican Party is about as effective as a neutered gerbil right now, so I could hardly do any worse.”
—Robert Morrow, the newly-elected chairman of the Travis County Republican Party who is causing a panic due to his … well, “politically incorrect viewpoints” doesn’t do it justice, so just Google him.