With more than a 500 vote lead, Sara Martinez won her primary for Justice of the Peace Precinct 5, Place 1. She faces no Republican opposition in the fall and will become the first out JP in Dallas County. Martinez had the support of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
In other Dallas County runoffs, former City Councilwoman Pauline Medrano held a 20 point lead over her opponent Bennie Elnora Brown. Medrano said she was campaigning this evening until the polls closed at 7 p.m. and will continue campaigning hard through the fall election. She did well in many of the suburbs where she’s not as well known by working with precinct chairs and area Democratic clubs.
Felicia Pitre won the District Clerk runoff against Tarsha Hardy with more than 62 percent of the vote. Pitre works for current District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons, who endorsed her as his successor.
Another Stonewall Democrats of Dallas-backed candidate who won her runoff was Katy Hubener for a Precinct 4 JP seat. Constable Beth Villareal held a slim lead over challenger Michael Orozco and that race remains too close to call. Villareal has Stonewall’s endorsement.
Statewide, David Alameel gained more than 70 percent of the vote in the race to become the Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Alameel beat Kesha Rogers whose platform is to impeach President Obama. Jim Hogan beat Kinky Friedman to run for Agriculture Commissioner.
In statewide Republican races, Sen. Dan Patrick beat incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Patrick faces Leticia Van de Putte in November for Lieutenant Governor.
Sen. Ken Paxton beat Rep. Dan Branch for the Republican nomination for Attorney General. Paxton faces Democrat Sam Houston in November.