Voters chose Pat Fallon of Frisco as the Republican candidate for District 30 of the Texas State Senate in Tuesday’s primary elections.
With 240 of 355 precincts reporting, Fallon garnered 62.5 percent of votes, defeating incumbent State Sen. Craig Estes of Wichita Falls with 22.6 percent of votes and Craig Carter of Nocona with 14.9 percent of votes. A message could not be left at a phone number listed for Fallon and a text message seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday night.
“I just wish Mr. Fallon the best in November,” Estes said. “I know that the people of North Texas will be represented.”
Fallon, 50, is a former, three-term member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he was elected to District 106 in 2012. Prior to holding state office, Fallon served as a Frisco City Council member and mayor pro tem from 2011 to 2012. Fallon is a former member of the United States Air Force, and is the president and chief executive officer of Virtus Apparel.
Through his campaign, Fallon pledged a conservative agenda, which included, securing the Texas border with Mexico, enforcing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, and fighting politicians who support amnesty and welfare access to undocumented immigrants. According to his campaign website, Fallon is also a supporter of term limits, confederate monuments and is pro-life.
The race between Fallon and Estes created friction in the form of negative television campaign ads and jabs at one another, which were also delivered at speaking events ahead of the election. In addition to an endorsement, Fallon also received $17,000 in polling support from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Estes, 64, was elected over District 30 in 2001 and has held the position ever since. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and as a member of the Senate Committees on State Affairs, Business and Commerce, and Nominations. The state senator said he was disappointed with the election results, but was proud of his legislative efforts and looked forward to finishing out his term through 2018.
“I feel so blessed to have represented the people of Senate Distinct 30 over these years,” Estes said. “It’s been one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I’m glad that they put their trust in me. Nobody likes to come up short.”
Carter, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
State Senate District 30 boasts roughly 850,000 constituents among 14 North Texas and Red River counties, including Grayson, Denton, Collin and Tarrant. The jurisdiction encompasses some 300,000 households.
Fallon will face off with democratic candidate Kevin Lopez for the District 30 seat on Nov. 6. Lopez ran unopposed in the primary election.