Schwertner claims victory in State Senate District 5 race

Updated: 10:16 p.m. CST

Republican candidate Charles Schwertner has claimed victory against Libertarian candidate Jeffery Fox in the race for the Texas Senate District 5 seat.

Schwertner garnered 78.92 percent of the vote with 154 of 290 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

"I'm humbled and honored, and I'm ready to get to work," he said.

Posted: 9:39 p.m. CST

Republican candidate Charles Schwertner leads Libertarian candidate Jeffery Fox in the race for the Texas Senate District 5 seat.

Schwertner garnered 82 percent of the vote with 97 of 290 precincts reporting.

Schwertner, who was in his first term as state representative in District 20, said he decided to run for the District 5 seat after Sen. Steve Ogden decided he would not seek re-election.

"Senator Ogden served with a lot of statesmanship, and he is a very principled leader and has an independent mindset about him," Schwertner said after winning the Republican primary. "I am running because I think the senate district needs to have a senator that has a proven conservative leadership track record as their next state senator. I am that person."

Schwertner, a practicing physician with Georgetown Orthopedics, said he was focused on the economy and health care.

He said another focus would be public education, adding that public education "will need to be addressed by working with our teachers and our parents to improve our public school system."

Senate District 5 includes Brazos, Burleson, Freestone, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Trinity, Walker and Williamson counties.