July 14 primary runoff: Fort Bend County Democratic, Republican parties announce winners of county races

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Here are the results from six races in Fort Bend County including county sheriff, county attorney and State Rep. District 26. (Courtesy Canva)

Here are the results from six races in Fort Bend County including county sheriff, county attorney and State Rep. District 26. (Courtesy Canva)

Editor’s note: This story will be updated periodically as Fort Bend County announces new voting totals.

Update 8 a.m. July 16


Fort Bend County's election results website reports that 65 out of 65 vote centers have reported their results as of 7:40 a.m. July 16.

Both the Fort Bend County Republican and Democratic parties announced winners shortly after 1 p.m. July 15 on Facebook. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

Fort Bend County sheriff Democratic candidates

The Fort Bend County Democratic Party announced Erica Fagan is the unofficial winner of the primary against opponent Geneane Hughes. Fagan will face Republican Trever J. Nehls in November.

The county states 96.25% of precincts have reported for this race.


Fagan received 19,360 votes, or 50.03%.

Hughes received 19,334 votes, or 49.97%.

Fort Bend County attorney Democratic candidates

The Fort Bend County Democratic Party announced Bridgette Smith-Lawson is the unofficial winner of the primary against opponent Sonia Rash. Smith-Lawson will face Republican Steve Rogers in November.

The county states 96.25% of precincts have reported for this race.

Smith-Lawson received 25,181 votes, or 64.86%.

Rash received 13,642 votes, or 35.14%.

Fort Bend County tax assessor-collector Republican candidates

The Fort Bend County Republican Party announced James Pressler is the unofficial winner of the primary against opponent J.J. Clemence. Pressler will face Democrat Carmen Turner in November.

The county states 90% of precincts have reported for this race.

Pressler received 22,733 votes, or 58.75%.

Clemence received 15,959 votes, or 41.25%.

State Rep. District 26 Democratic candidates

The Fort Bend County Democratic Party announced L. "Sarah" DeMerchant is the unofficial winner of the primary against opponent Suleman Lalani. DeMerchant will face Jacey Jetton, a candidate in the Republican primary runoff, in the November election.

The county states 100% of precincts have reported for this race.

DeMerchant received 4,552 votes, or 52.35%.

Lalani received 4,143 votes, or 47.65%.

State Rep. District 26 Republican candidates

The Fort Bend County Republican Party announced Jetton is the unofficial winner of the primary against opponent Matt Morgan. Jetton will face DeMerchant, a candidate in the Democratic primary runoff, in the November election.

The county states 100% of precincts have reported for this race.

Jetton received 7,526 votes, or 52.39%.

Morgan received 6,840 votes, or 47.61%.

Railroad commissioner, Democratic candidates

The Fort Bend County Democratic Party announced Chrysta Castañeda is the unofficial winner of the primary against opponent Roberto R. "Beto" Alonzo. Castañeda will face Republican Ryan Sitton in November.

The county states 96.25% of precincts have reported for this race.

Castañeda has received 22,454 votes, or 58.8%

Alonzo has received 15,735 votes, or 41.2%.


Update 8:08 a.m. July 15


At 11:10 p.m. July 14, Fort Bend County released another update with totals for various Republican and Democrat primary runoff races. The update still states that none of 65 vote centers are reporting results.

A close race is occurring between the Democratic candidates for Fort Bend County sheriff.

With 96.25% of precincts reporting, Eric Fagan received 19,360 votes, or 50.03%, while Geneane Hughes received 19,334 votes, or 49.97%. The winner of the race will face Republican Trever J. Nehls in November. The previous county sheriff, Troy Nehls, unofficially won the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Rep. District 22 against Kathaleen Wall.

Below are the results for five other races in Fort Bend County. Winners of the races will return to the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election as the nominee for their party. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

According to the 11:10 p.m. update, a total of 81,589 ballots have been cast out of 459,953 registered voters, or a voter turnout rate of 17.74%.

Fort Bend County attorney Democratic candidates

The county states 96.25% of precincts have reported for this race.

Sonia Rash has received 13,642 votes, or 35.14%.

Bridgette Smith-Lawson received 25,181 votes, or 64.86%.

The winner of the race faces Republican Steve Rogers in November.

Fort Bend County tax assessor-collector Republican candidates

The county states 90% of precincts have reported for this race.

J.J. Clemence has received 15,959 votes, or 41.25%.

James Pressler has received 22,733 votes, or 58.75%.

The winner of the race will face Democrat Carmen Turner in November.

Railroad commissioner, Democratic candidates

The county states 96.25% of precincts have reported for this race.

Chrysta Castañeda has received 22,454 votes, or 58.8%

Roberto R. "Beto" Alonzo has received 15,735 votes, or 41.2%.

The winner of the race will face Republican incumbent Ryan Sitton.

State Rep. District 26 Democratic candidates

The county states 100% of precincts have reported for this race.

L. "Sarah" DeMerchant received 4,552 votes, or 52.35%, and is the unofficial winner. She faces Jacey Jetton, a candidate in the Republican primary runoff, in the November election.

Candidate Suleman Lalani received 41,43 votes, or 47.65%.

State Rep. District 26 Republican candidates

The county states 100% of precincts have reported for this race.

Jetton received 7,526 votes, or 52.39%, and is the unofficial winner. Jetton faces DeMerchant, a candidate in the Democratic primary runoff, in the November election.

Candidate Matt Morgan received 6,840 votes, or 47.61%.


Update 10:07 p.m. July 14


At 9:12 p.m., Fort Bend County released updated voting totals for Republican and Democrat primary runoff races, though 0 of 65 vote centers are reporting results.

However, the county notes that 100% of precincts have reported for the state Rep. District 26 Republican and Democratic primaries.

Democrat L. "Sarah" DeMerchant is the unofficial winner of the primary runoff with 3,617 votes, or 53.25% of this race. She ran against candidate Suleman Lalani, who received received 3,175 votes, or 46.75%

Republican Jacey Jetton received 6,172 votes, or 51.71%, making him the unofficial winner against opponent Matt Morgan, who received 5,764 votes, or 48.29% in the Republican primary for state Rep. District 26.

Below are the results for four other races in Fort Bend County. Winners of the races will return to the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election as the nominee for their party. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

According to the 9:12 p.m. update, a total of 63,753 ballots have been cast out of 459,953 registered voters, or a voter turnout rate of 13.86%.

Fort Bend County sheriff Democratic candidates

The county states 96.25% of precincts have reported for this race.

Eric Fagan received 15,218 votes, or 52.01%.

Geneane Hughes received 14,039 votes, or 47.99%.

The winner of the race will face Republican Trever J. Nehls in November.

Fort Bend County attorney Democratic candidates

The county states 96.25% of precincts have reported for this race.

Sonia Rash has received 10,417 votes, or 35.44%.

Bridgette Smith-Lawson received 18,976 votes, or 64.56%.

The winner of the race will face Republican Steve Rogers in November.

Fort Bend County tax assessor-collector Republican candidates

The county states 90% of precincts have reported for this race.

J.J. Clemence has received 12,713 votes, or 40.61%.

James Pressler has received 18,589 votes, or 59.39%.

The winner of the race will face Democrat Carmen Turner in November.

Railroad commissioner, Democratic candidates

The county states 96.25% of precincts have reported for this race.

Chrysta Castañeda has received 17,138 votes, or 59.34%

Roberto R. "Beto" Alonzo has received 11,743 votes, or 40.66%.

The winner of the race will face Republican incumbent Ryan Sitton.


Update 8:08 p.m. July 14


At 7 p.m. July 14, Fort Bend County released the unofficial early voting totals for several Republican and Democrat primary runoff races. Zero of 65 vote centers are reporting results.

Winners of these races will return to the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election as the nominee for their party. Note that results are unofficial until canvassed.

Fort Bend County sheriff Democratic candidates

Eric Fagan received 14,379 votes, or 52.22%.

Geneane Hughes received 13,158 votes, or 47.78%.

The winner of the race will face Republican Trever J. Nehls in November.

Fort Bend County attorney Democratic candidates

Sonia Rash has received 9,742 votes, or 35.2%.

Bridgette Smith-Lawson received 17,932 votes, or 64.8%.

The winner of the race will face Republican Steve Rogers in November.

Fort Bend County tax assessor-collector Republican candidates

J.J. Clemence has received 11,438 votes, or 40.51%.

James Pressler has received 16,797 votes, or 59.49%.

The winner of the race will face Democrat Carmen Turner in November.

State Rep. District 26 Democratic candidates

L. "Sarah" DeMerchant received 3,324 votes, or 53.13%.

Suleman Lalani received 2,932 votes, or 46.87%.

The winner of the race will face the winner of the Republican runoff in November. Republican incumbent Rick Miller did not run for re-election.

State Rep. District 26 Republican candidates

Jacey Jetton has received 5,691 votes, or 51.59%.

Matt Morgan has received 5,340 votes, or 48.41%.

The winner of the race will face the winner of the Democratic runoff in November. Republican incumbent Rick Miller did not run for re-election.

Railroad commissioner, Democratic candidates

Chrysta Castañeda has received 16,154 votes, or 59.41%

Roberto R. "Beto" Alonzo has received 11,036 votes, or 40.59%.

The winner of the race will face Republican incumbent Ryan Sitton.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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