Primary Runoff Garners Increased Voter Turnout in Fort Bend

Despite the COVID crisis and an unprecedented July primary runoff, record numbers turned out to vote in Fort Bend, particularly during early voting. The primary runoff  determined which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election.

The most contested race on the Republican side was for US Representative District 22 between Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls and Kathaleen Wall. In a release congratulating Nehls on his victory, Wall said, “Both Troy and I fought a hard race, and I’m grateful for his mobilization of conservative voters in Congressional District 22.” Nehls took the race with 70 percent of the vote.

Other Fort Bend Republican primary runoff race results included:

  • In the race for State Representative District 26, former Fort Bend GOP Chairman Jacey Jetton defeated Matt Morgan in a close race.
  • Tax Assessor-Collector candidate James Pressler defeated JJ Clemence.
  • Terry Adams defeated James Lombardino for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 5.

Fort Bend Democratic primary runoff race results included:

  • Royce West defeated Mary “MJ” Hegar in a close race for US Senator – 52 to 48 percent.
  • In the race for State Represenative District 26, L “Sarah” DeMerchant defeated Suleman Lalani by a little over 400 votes.
  • Chrysta Castenada won the bid for Railroad Commissioner against Roberto Alonzo.
  • In the Fort Bend County Sheriff race, Eric Fagan won by a narrow margin against Geneane Hughes.
  • For the Fort Bend County Attorney, Bridgette Smith-Lawson won the runoff against Sonia Rash.
  • Jennifer Cantu defeated Lynette Reddix in the County Commissioner Precinct 1 race.
  • Incumbent Daryl Smith defeated Tonja Beard in the race for Constable, Precinct 2.
  • In the Justice 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 7 bid, Tamika Craft won over Cheri Thomas.
  • District Judge 505th Judicial District race ended with Kali Morgan defeating Surendran Pattel.

The general election will be held Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.