Sanger’s Lynn Stucky wins Republican primary for State House seat re-election
Jayne Howell, left, the newly-elected Republican Denton County Chairman from Krum, and Sanger resident Lynn Stucky, who won the Republican Primary to retain his seat in the Texas State House of Representatives, at a watch party on Tuesday night.
Sanger resident and former Sanger ISD school board president Lynn Stucky captured 64.33% of the vote for State Representative, District 64, on Tuesday to win the Republican Primary against pharmaceutical salesman Mark Roy. Stucky, the incumbent in the race after his 2016 mid-term election win that sent him to Austin, will face a Democratic opponent this November in either Mat Pruneda or Andrew Morris, who are headed for a run-off after winning 41.6% and 38.6% of the vote, respectively. In the Democratic race, 7,350 residents of District 64 cast a vote, while in the Republican race, 13,329 residents voted. Stucky captured 8,575 votes to Roy’s 4,754. District 64 encompasses Denton, Lake Cities, Krum, and a very small portion of Sanger. Stucky is a veterinarian and owner of Animal Hospital on Milam Road in Sanger. TEXAS STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 30 In other local election results, Sanger residents will have a new state Senate representative after Pat Fallon beat incumbent Craig Estes to secure the Republican nomination. Fallon finished the race with 65.11% of the votes to 20.66% for Estes and 14.23% for Craig Carter. That race saw 7,463 residents of District 30 cast a vote. District 30 encompasses most of Denton County, including Sanger. Fallon will go up against Democrat Kevin Lopez and independent Keely Briggs, a City of Denton councilmember, in the November race. TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 106 With Fallon vacating his seat representing District 106 in the Texas House, an open race saw Jared Patterson winning the Republican nomination over Clint Bedsole. On the Democratic side, Ramona Thompson won over Michael Rhea. District 106 includes portions of Denton County ranging from Sanger to Aubrey and Little Elm. DENTON COUNTY JUDGE In the election to replace Sanger resident Mary Horn, who is retiring as Denton County Judge, Andy Eads notched 34,976 votes in the Republican Primary. A resident of Flower Mound, Eads is the current Denton County Commissioner for an area that runs from Flower Mound through Krum. He will face Democratic Diana Leggett in the November general election, who beat Willie Hudspeth on Tuesday by a vote of 18,442 to 6,208. DENTON COUNTY CHAIRMAN Denton County will also see a new Republican County Chairman, as Krum resident Jayne Howell, a Realtor, defeated opponent John Dillard by a margin of 56.14% – 22,006 votes – to 43.86% – 17,193. The Democratic County Chairman spot was won by Angie Cadena, with 17,132 votes to Phyllis Wolper’s 6,386. JUSTICE OF THE PEACE – PRECINCT 5 Incumbent Mike Oglesby ran unopposed in the Republican Primary to set up a race against Democrat Sam Ortiz in November to serve as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, which encompasses Sanger. OTHER COUNTY RACES In other Denton County races effecting Sanger residents, incumbent Paul Johnson defeated challenger Brent Bowen for the Republican nomination for Denton County District Attorney by a margin of 64.83% to 35.17%. County residents cast 41,014 votes in the race. Johnson will not have a Democratic opponent in November. For the position of District Clerk, being vacated by Sherri Edelstein, the close race will go to run-off. Mark Yarbrough finished with 34.96% of the votes to David Trantham’s 26.62%, Ronnie Anderson’s 26.42%, and William Brown’s 12.00%. The run-off winner will face Democratic nominee Yesse Rodriguez.