Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout.
Former Grayson County Republican Party Chairman Reggie Smith easily won the right to continue his race to replace Larry Phillips as the State Representative for District 62. The seat represents Grayson, Fannin and Delta counties.
“I am very humbled by that,” Smith said of the percentage of people who supported him in Grayson County.
The final votes showed that 72.76 percent of the folks who voted in Grayson County supported Smith while only 27.24 supported his challenger Brett Lawson, an engineer who lives in Van Alstyne.
In Grayson County, Smith got 4,866 votes and Lawson got 1,822; in Delta County, Smith received 118 votes and Lawson received 63; in Fannin County, Smith received 503 votes and Lawson received 224.
“We still have more to do,” Smith said, adding that he appreciates the support he received in the runoff. “We are very encouraged by that. Very appreciative of all of the hard work that the volunteers have put into the campaign and the sacrifices that my family made. We appreciate the race that Mr. Lawson ran."
He said he also looks forward to continuing to campaign for the November election and to meeting with more people in the district to discuss the issues that are important to them and how he can address those needs in Austin.
In the fall, he will face Democrat Valerie Hefner and Libertarian David Schaab to see who gets the seat.
Smith who is an attorney with a private practice said he isn’t exactly sure what the representative’s job pays but that is fine because it isn’t about the money.
“It is worth (all the work of getting elected) because the service and the sacrifice are what is important. We are here for the people and to take care of the people’s business,” he said.
Lawson could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday night.
Smith’s race against his Democratic and Libertarian opponents won’t be the only race on the November ballot for the District 62 seat.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote in two separate elections to fill the state House of Representatives District 62 seat that Larry Phillips vacated to when he became the newest judge in the 59th state District Court earlier this year.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced in April that he is calling a Nov. 6 special election to fill the unexpired term on Phillips’ seat. That’s the same day voters will be able to cast ballots in the general election to fill the position for a full term beginning in 2019.
Whoever wins the special election will serve from November until the person elected to the new term takes office in January.