For the first time since 1997, the seat for House District 25 will have a new Republican nominee, and his name is Cody Vasut.
Current House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) has held the seat for 23 years straight. But after Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan released a recording of a closed-door meeting in which the speaker offered a quid pro quo of Texas House media credentials for the specific targeting of some Republicans, Bonnen decided not to run for re-election.
Back in March, Vasut finished second in the crowded primary but advanced to the runoff. And on Tuesday night, he won by a comfortable 40 points.
The former Angleton City councilman posted to Facebook after his victory, “Thank you so much for your support of my campaign. I am honored to have received 69.47% of the vote to be your Republican nominee for State Representative for House District 25.”
“Please join me in thanking Ro’Vin Garrett for her service to Brazoria County and for stepping up to serve her community,” he concluded.
He will now face Democrat Patrick Henry in the general, who last reported having $3,600 cash-on-hand.
Vasut, meanwhile, has raised $130,000 in the race but had to spend much of it on his primary races.
Regardless, he should win easily in November in the heavily Republican district. In 2018, Bonnen had no Democrat challenger, but Sen. Ted Cruz won the district with 70 percent of the vote.
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Brad Johnson is an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.