Election results: Newcomers see wins in Klein ISD, Harris County races

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While Republicans held on to seats at the state level and in the U.S. Senate, county and local races in the Nov. 6 election in Spring and Klein resulted in some major changes among elected officials.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who has served in that position since 2007, was defeated by Democratic challenger Lina Hidalgo in a vote of 590,524 to 572,816.

Combined with a Democratic win in the Harris County Precinct 2 commissioners race, the Harris County Commissioners Court will have a Democratic majority in 2019. Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia defeated incumbent Jack Morman in that race.

In Harris County Precinct 4, which includes Spring and Klein, incumbent Republican Jack Cagle retained his seat by almost 10 percent of the vote against Democrat Penny Shaw.

In the local school board race, Klein ISD board of trustees will see two new members in 2019. Chris Todd won the District 3 seat with 21,832 votes, and Julie Benes won the District 4 seat with 17,679 votes. Benes defeated incumbent Steve Szymczak.

Among state representatives, Republican Paul Bettencourt retained his seat in state Senate District 7 in a race against Democrat David Romero by a vote of 177,156 to 123,356.

State Senate District 15 incumbent John Whitmire, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Randy Orr by a vote of 146,244 to 73,038.

Republicans held onto seats in the state House of Representatives as well.

In the race for District 126 representative, previously held by Republican Kevin Roberts, the Republican candidate Sam Harless won with 30,243 votes to challenger Natali Hurtado’s 24,860 votes.

Valoree Swanson retained her seat as District 150 representative with 40,495 votes to Democrat Michael Shawn Kelly’s 29,507 votes.

For a full list of results for the area, visit our election coverage page.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.
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