Elections 2020Republican Jacey Jetton, Democrat Sarah DeMerchant Win Runoffs for Fort Bend County Texas House Seat

Jacey Jetton and Sarah DeMerchant will face off in the general election after they each received 52 percent of the vote in their parties' runoffs.
July 15, 2020
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Republican Jacey Jetton and Democrat Sarah DeMerchant will face off in the general election for Fort Bend County’s House District 26. 

Both major parties held a runoff in the district after no candidates received over 50 percent of the vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries.

Jacey Jetton, an Army veteran and former chairman of the Fort Bend Republican Party, won the Republican nomination with 52 percent of the vote while Matt Morgan, a public insurance adjuster, received 48 percent.

“The results are in! Thank you to everyone who voted, volunteered, and supported us during this campaign. Fanny and I could not have done this without your help and your trust,” Jetton said in a social media post.

Jetton’s victory comes after incumbent Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) dropped out of the race.

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Miller withdrew from the contest in December after he said that two of his primary opponents, including Jetton, were running against him because of their race.

His remarks prompted the governor to withdraw his endorsement and to endorse Jetton instead.

DeMerchant defeated her opponent by similar margins, receiving 52 percent of the vote against Suleman Lalani’s 48 percent.

Jetton had the help of nearly a quarter-million in campaign contributions during the last reporting period in addition to Gov. Greg Abbott’s endorsement.

Jetton reported $239,219 in donations while Morgan received only $12,399, which amounts to only five percent of Jetton’s haul.

DeMerchant, who has a Master in Business Administration from the University of Houston-Victoria, secured her party’s nomination despite Lelani surpassing her in fundraising by nearly four to one.

The candidates’ filings during the last reporting period show DeMerchant received $12,399 in contributions to her campaign while Lalani raised $45,502.

This is DeMerchant’s third time to become the nominee for the seat, as she challenged incumbent Miller in 2016 and 2018.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan in Dallas. During the academic year, he coaches high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.