86th LegislatureElections 2020IssuesState HouseStatewide NewsIn Race to Replace Dennis Bonnen, Ro’vin Garrett Will Face Cody Vasut in Runoff

After a striking controversy, Speaker Dennis Bonnen decided against running for reelection. Ro'vin Garrett and Cody Vasut are set to vie for the seat in May.
March 4, 2020
Last night, two Republican candidates successfully advanced to the runoff election in House District 25, the seat being vacated by Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton).

Ro’vin Garrett, Brazoria County Tax-Assessor Collector, and Cody Vasut, Angleton City Council member, secured the two spots in the runoff with 29 percent and 22 percent of the vote respectively. 

These wins came as a relative surprise, as former police officer, school board trustee, and local mayor Troy Brimage failed to make the runoff after consistently outspending his opponents and boasting big endorsements from groups like Texans for Lawsuit Reform.

He also received the endorsement of Texas Alliance for Life, and ran an aggressive and well-funded campaign against his opponents.

Other candidates in the race were emergency room nurse Rhonda Seth and local chamber president Mitch Thames, who secured 20 percent and 8 percent of the vote, respectively.

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After Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced he would not run for reelection, candidates began entering the race to replace the embattled state leader. Bonnen offered a quid pro quo to grassroots leader Michael Quinn Sullivan, then lied about the nature of the meeting before a recording was released by Sullivan.

After the votes were counted, Garrett posted a celebratory statement on social media.

“Thank you so much to all the voters who voted for me in this primary campaign, to all those who endorsed my campaign and to my incredible campaign team!”

Vasut echoed the sentiment, stating he and his team were “optimistic that we have made the runoff.”

House District 25 encompasses all of Matagorda County and nearly half of Brazoria County.

Garrett and Vasut will face off against one another in the primary runoff election slated for May 26.


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McKenzie DiLullo

McKenzie DiLullo serves as Senior Editor at The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.