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Edwards’ bid falls short

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Decatur surveyor Davey Edwards’ bid for Texas Land Commissioner fell short in the Republican primary.

Incumbent George P. Bush appeared headed to the primary victory late Tuesday night with 58 percent of the vote. Edwards finished a distant third behind Bush and Jerry Patterson, picking up 6.84 percent statewide.

At 11 p.m., Edwards was at 86,370 votes.

“I thought I could’ve done better. It is what it is,” Edwards said. “On the down ballot races in a statewide election, a majority of the voters don’t study the candidates or the issues. God has other plans for me.”

Edwards picked up 1,549 votes in Wise County, finishing second to Bush, who tallied 3,574.

Edwards acknowledged the shortage of resources compared to Bush in the race.

“In the last two months alone, Bush spent $2 million on the campaign,” Edwards said. “I spent only $15,000 the whole time.

“The money in politics leaves out a lot of quality people willing to serve.”

Edwards said he does not plan as of now to seek another office.

“I didn’t want to run for an office for my portfolio. I ran for this office to bring back the integrity to the office,” he said.

Bush will face Democratic nominee Miguel Suazo in November.

SENATE DISTRICT 30

Pat Fallon toppled longtime incumbent Craig Estes for the District 30 State Senate spot in the Republican primary.

Fallon picked up 62.49 percent of the vote in the three-person race. Estes finished second with just 22.59 percent. Political newcomer Craig Carter was third with 14.91 percent.

Wise County turned out heavy for Fallon. He garnered 3,675 votes to 1,364 for Estes and 1,247 for Carter.

Fallon will face Bridgeport city councilman and Democratic nominee Kevin Lopez in November.

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