Two Republicans are going on to runoff elections for a vacant seat in the Texas House of Representatives. They are Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey, who now guarantee that the GOP will keep the majority in the state’s Congress.
A runoff will be held because neither candidate met the 50% threshold required to win outright.
Ellzey is a Republican from Waxahachie and former Health and Human Services chief of staff to Brian Harrison. Wright is the wife of the late Rep. Ron Wright, who passed away from COVID-19 and for whom this election is being run.
“It’s been challenging at times, but the work goes on and he would want me to do what he did which is engage with voters, hear what they have to say, and talk to them so that is what we are doing,” Wright said as she moved on to the runoff.
More than 60 percent of the votes went to Republicans. Wright received 19.2 % of the vote, while Ellzey received 13.8 %. The other two major candidates were Jana Lynne Sanchez (D) with 13.4 % and Brian Harrison (R) with 10.8 %.
Wright has said that her intention for the Texas House is to continue her husband’s legacy by “supporting economic growth, reforming our broken health care system and standing up for conservative Texas values.”
Wright has stated that “The taxpayers of District 6 deserve a proven conservative in Congress who will stand up for them and do what it takes to stop the radical left’s socialist government takeover.”
The policies she seeks to push in the Texas House have won her the endorsement of a long list of Republicans in the state and the anti-tax Club for Growth. She also received the support of former President Donald Trump, who congratulated her on her passage to the runoff.
“Congratulations to Susan Wright on her great surge yesterday which made her NUMBER ONE and assures her participation in the TX-06 runoff against another Republican,” Trump said after Wright moved on to a runoff.
Trump listed a number of virtues in praising Wright. Among them that she will work for strengthening border security, protecting veterans, fighting for school choice, religious liberty, the right to life and the Second Amendment.
“Susan also is a big fan of what I say about the fake news media, because there are no greater fakes than the people in the media — they are horrible,” Trump said.
While the former president praised Susan Wright, former Texas Governor Rick Perry endorsed Jake Ellzey, an “anti-Trump” Republican.