According to unofficial and partially reported results from Harris County, Cunningham leads business owner Deanna Robertson with nearly 80 percent of the vote.
“I am deeply humbled by the faith that the voters of HD127 have put in me,” Cunningham said in a statement to The Texan. “I look forward to working in the Texas Legislature to advance conservative solutions to our shared challenges.”
A distribution account consultant for CenterPoint Energy, Cunninham also previously served on the Humble Independent School District Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2019. He was elected to the Humble City Council in 2021, but announced his candidacy for HD 127 after Huberty announced his retirement last October.
Cunningham pledged to “stand strong against the progressive mob mentality that has come to dominate national politics and instead continue to advance conservative solutions to our shared challenges right here in Texas.”
“I am running to ensure that the Texas dream is alive and well for our children and grandchildren.”
Huberty formerly served as chair of the House Public Education Committee, but in 2021 Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) gave the powerful committee chair seat to Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston).
The district includes portions of Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, and Spring in northeast Harris County, and has an R-61% rating in The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index analysis. Since no Democrat or member of a third party filed to run in HD 127, Cunningham will be unopposed in the November 2022 general election.
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Holly Hansen is a freelance writer living in Harris County. Her former column, “All In Perspective” ran in The Georgetown Advocate, Jarrell Star Ledger, and The Hill Country News, and she has contributed to a variety of Texas digital media outlets. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a degree in History, and in addition to writing about politics and policy, also writes about faith and culture.