Republican voters in a North Texas district picked businessman and former city councilman Jeff Cason as their nominee to replace retiring State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford) in House District 92.

When Stickland, a taxpayer champion, announced his retirement, three candidates emerged to replace him: newcomer Taylor Gillig, tax-hiking Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, and former Bedford City Councilman Jeff Cason.

Cason previously ran in 2010, when he grabbed 42 percent of the vote.

The establishment coalesced around Griffin, while conservatives rallied around Cason—endorsed by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility—and his campaign championing smaller government and fighting rising property taxes.

Gillig struggled to find a base to build off of.

After the dust settled Tuesday, Cason emerged victorious, with 54 percent of the vote.

“I didn’t get here by myself,” Cason told his supporters as the results started pointing to a win that night. “I couldn’t be here tonight if it weren’t for everybody in this room and a lot of people outside of this room.”

“It’s not about me.”

When asked what his message was for voters in the district going into the general election, Cason gave the following statement to Texas Scorecard.

“This is not going to be my seat. This is going to be the people’s seat, and I’m going to be transparent, and I’m wanting them to hold me accountable. I’m going to work for the people of District 92. They’re going to have a voice in Austin, and it’s going to be that type of relationship.”

Cason will be facing Democrat nominee Jeff Whitfield. Early voting begins October 19. Election Day is November 3.

Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.