Democratic candidate Catherine Krantz was projected to win Tuesday's race against Lander Bethel for the Democratic nomination for U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th District of Texas. Congressional District 4 stretches across Northeast Texas from Sherman to Texarkana.
The Secretary of State office reported Krantz in the lead by 68.4 percent of the votes — or 8,590 votes to challenger Lander Bethel's 31.56 percent — or 3,962 votes with 283 of 331 precincts reporting.
In Grayson County results, Krantz received 53.31 percent of the votes — or 1,233 votes compared to Bethel's 46.69 percent — or 1,080 votes.
“I am humbled and blown away by the support. I am hoping it will make the congressman a little nervous,” Krantz said referring to incumbent Rep. John Ratcliffe who also won his primary election Tuesday. The two will faceoff in November. “We just might have an opportunity to make some positive change in our district.”
Krantz, a small-business owner and community volunteer, returned to Rains County full time almost four years ago to help run her family business, an RV Park and Campground on Lake Fork, and has been active in the Methodist church, multiple area chambers of commerce, the Good Samaritans thrift store and food bank, as well as organizing community events and helping out with Rowlett's “no kill” animal shelter, among other issues close to her heart, the candidate said.
Krantz said the next step is for her to take a few days off and then get back on the road.
“I have been spending a tremendous amount of time on the road,” Krantz said. “We have 18 counties in this district. I spend three to five hours a day driving and meeting with people, and I'm going to be right back out there getting ready for November. The main part of my platform is finding out what people would like to see in their community. That's what inspires me and that's what keeps me going — talking to people and finding real solutions for real problems.”
Krantz explained the biggest challenge to be faced is getting people motivated.
“We have had a district that didn't even have Democratic candidates the last few cycles,” Krantz said. “We need to reach as many people as possible. I think that Democrats have proven across the state that it's possible this year. I'm really excited and the people I talk to are really excited. 2018 is going to be a great year not just for Democrats but for America.”
Bethel has served as the Grayson County Democratic Party chairman for five years helping organize elections, working with Elections Administrator Deana Patterson, leading meetings of the party and attending state conventions as a delegate.
Bethel said he plans to assist Krantz in preparation for November's election.
“We ran a campaign together where we were appearing in many places together at town halls and candidate forums,” Bethel said. “I want to be as helpful as I can to her. I think we made each other better candidates. It's going to take a lot to beat an incumbent. I am very pleased that the Democratic Party has become so energized that we are pulling together to try and bring good things to this district, state and country.”