As Texans statewide voted for the Texas House to stay in Republican hands, voters in North Texas chose newcomer Jeff Cason and incumbent State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington) to represent them in the 2021 Texas legislative session. No state House district in Tarrant County went Democrat.
Cason, who was running to replace retiring State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford), received over 51 percent of the vote. Opponents Jeff Whitfield (D) and Brody Mulligan (Green Party) received 47 percent and 2 percent of the vote, respectively.
“I just want to say thank you to everybody that voted for us,” Cason told Texas Scorecard. “This is the honor of a lifetime for me, and I just look forward to beginning my work in January, representing the people of House District 92 and serving them with their voice in Austin.”
Cason was asked about the possibility of citizens having limited access to the Texas Capitol during the 2021 legislative session.
“My feeling is the Capitol is the people’s house, and I don’t feel like there should be any restrictions of the people to the Capitol building,” he replied, mentioning how “necessary personal protection precautions” and “social distancing” can be practiced. “I think that the people should be permitted in their house.”
A majority of citizens rehired Tinderholt to represent them in District 94, with 51 percent of the vote going for him. His opponents, Alisa Simmons (D) and Jessica Pallett (Libertarian), received 45 percent and 3 percent of the vote, respectively. This district is largely considered to be a swing district.
“I’m honored by your support and look forward to continuing to fight for you down in Austin,” Tinderholt posted last night.
Democrats also failed to gain state House seats elsewhere in Tarrant County.
Newcomer Republican David Cook was chosen by citizens to replace retiring State Rep. Bill Zedler (R–Arlington) with 51 percent of the vote. Opponents Joe Drago (D) and Nelson Range (Libertarian) received 46 percent and 2 percent of the vote, respectively.
With the election over, next up for Texans is the 2021 Texas legislative session. Citizens who would like specific concerns addressed may contact their state representative and state senator.