Wise County’s representation in the state legislature remains the same after Tuesday’s primary election.
State Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), District 30, won handily over challenger Jim Herblin of Prosper. Estes got 65 percent of the votes districtwide. He captured 67 percent of the votes cast in Wise County.
It’s the fifth time Estes has been elected since he first won a special election to the position in 2001. District 30 is a predominantly rural district that contains all or part of 14 counties in North Texas.
For the second time in a row, Estes will not face an opponent in the November general election. His new term will not expire until 2017. He serves on several committees including chair of Agricultural and Rural Affairs, vice-chair of Natural Resources, Business and Commerce, Finance, International Relations and Trade, Veteran Affairs and Military Installations and Base Realignment and Closure.
Estes’ campaign expenditures in the election were $182,104. His top contributors included Alice Walton, Texas Association of Realtors PAC, Bob Perry, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and Texas Oil and Gas PAC.
KING MOVES ON TO GENERAL ELECTION
State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford), District 61, was unopposed in the primary. He will face Green Party candidate Matthew Britt of Decatur in November’s general election.
He’s served the district, which includes Wise and Parker counties, since 1998.
He sits on the Elections and Urban Affairs committees.
With no primary opponents, his expenditures in this campaign were only $66,112.52. His top contributors include Bob Perry, AT&T Texas PAC, Texas for Lawsuit Reform PAC, James Leininger and Texas Optometric PAC.