Johnson and Bell win primary election for U.S. Rep. District 3

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Updated: 10:30 a.m., March 2

With all precincts reporting, incumbent Johnson has defeated his three opponents for the U.S. Rep. District 3 Republican ticket with 74.62 percent of votes, or 65,288 votes. Behind him was Slavens with 10,022 votes, or 11.45 percent of votes; Thurgood with 8.18 percent of votes, or 7,157 votes and Cornette with 5.75 percent of votes, or 5,032 votes.

“I want to thank God for the privilege of serving the finest Texans anywhere, and of course I thank the voters for their support. What an honor to continue to serve as your conservative voice in Congress,”  said Johnson in a news release.

For the Democratic ticket, Bell won by a landslide over his opponent Filak with 60.36 percent of the votes, or 14,223 votes compared to Filak’s 39.64 percent of votes or 9,342 votes.

Posted: 7:10 p.m., March 1

According to early voting results, incumbent Sam Johnson is leading the primary election for the U.S. Rep. District 3 Republican ticket with 74.74 percent of the votes, or 35,670 votes. John Calvin Slavens is following behind with 12.10 percent of the votes. Keith L. Thurgood has 7.86 percent of the votes and David Cornette has 5.30 percent of the votes.

For the Democratic ticket, Adam P. Bell is leading with 59.68 percent of the votes, or 6619 votes. Michael A. Filak is following behind with 40.32 percent of the votes.

U.S. Representatives serve a two-year term. If the election results in a runoff, the runoff election will take place May 24.

Sam Johnson has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991. Johnson is a U.S. Air Force veteran, and he serves on the House Ways and Means Committee as the chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee.

David Cornette is a military veteran who has advocated for repealing the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act and securing the Texas/Mexico border.

Keith L. Thurgood is a U.S. Army veteran who has worked for both for-profit and nonprofit businesses. He serves as a volunteer youth leader for his church and is the former CEO of a Fortune 300 company.

John Slavens worked as a certified public accountant, a career from which he retired three years ago. He is currently the chairman and co-founder of the B-Strong Foundation, LLC.

Michael A. Filak is currently a vice president at Mphasis, an HP-owned company, and has worked for other IT firms, including IBM and CGI. Filak has lived in Plano for more than 25 years.

Adam P. Bell has had a career in real estate and has owned his own business. He has lived in Allen, where his daughters go to school, since 2001.

All election results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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