GOP frontrunner Dan Huberty has taken the District 127 seat, trumping Democrat Joe Montemayor with 77 percent of the vote in the contest to replace State Repr.Crabb. Huberty is grateful for the opportunity to serve Texas. “We are honored to have the support of our community, family and friends,” he said. “I want to thank my wife Janet, my kids, Brianna, Ryan and Dylan for allowing me the chance to serve. We have had a very well-run and organized campaign, headed by Casey Christman who worked tirelessly to help me get our message to the voters. “ Being your Representative will be an unbelievable honor,” Huberty continued. “And we promise to be accessible, accountable and responsible to our constituents.”Also close to home, popular Republican District 2 Congressman Ted Poe easily shut out Libertarian challenger David W. Smith to take a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives with 89 percent of the vote. “I am honored to continue to represent the 2nd District of Texas,” said Poe. “As a nation, we were established on the principle of ‘We the People,’ not ‘We the Subjects.’  Like most people in our great nation, Southeast Texans still believe that the Constitution is the foundation of our government. I look forward to continuing to serve as Texas’ conservative voice in Congress.” Republicans made tremendous gains in Texas overall, starting at the top with Gov. Rick Perry taking an unprecedented third term, defeating Democrat (and former Houston Mayor) Bill White. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has been re-elected to his position as well, along with Attorney General Greg Abbott. Republicans won the majority of state government seats overall. More than 20 incumbent Democrats lost their seats in the State Legislature. Locally, Houstonians soundly rejected Proposition 3, the vote for the city’s red-light camera program. Proposition 1 (an $8 billion, 20-year drainage fee program) passed by a slim margin; while Proposition 2, reducing residency requirements for city offices, was defeated. Mirroring the state and national anti-Democrat climate, Harris County Democrats were defeated and kicked out of office in several races: incumbent Harris County District Clerk Loren Jackson was defeated by Republican Chris Daniel; and Republican lawyer Jack Morman defeated Sylvia Garcia for Harris County Commissioner. Races for district judges also echoed national sentiment, with a Republican sweep, including Republican Ed Emmett winning reelection as Harris County Judge, and Republican District Judge Lynn Bradshaw Hull beating Democrat Kathy Vossler to claim the newly designated 280th district domestic violence court. Local Republicans are enthusiastic and ready for change. “The election results are a good start on the road to return America to its constitutional principles,” said Wendy Alexander, vice president of Kingwood Area Republican Women. “The win was incredible not only for our senators and congressmen, but also for our great conservative judges.” Photo: Dan Huberty (center) celebrates his victory on election night with (back row, from left) mother Maureen, wife Janet, cousin Tommy, (front from left) children Dylan, Brianna and Ryan. Photo by Bryan Kimbro

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