In the race to replace retiring state Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), preliminary election results give Republican Lacey Hull a win over Democrat Akilah Bacy with 51 percent of the vote.
Unofficial results from Harris County late Tuesday night show Hull with 32,193 votes to Bacy’s 30,291 votes.
A conservative activist and co-founder of a parental rights group, Hull drew endorsements from Governor Greg Abbott, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-02), and area state representatives during a three-way primary, which she won outright.
Hull joined Abbott in Houston recently to sign his Back the Blue pledge, and campaigned as an advocate for public safety. A vocal conservative in support of rights to life and pro-family policies, she also garnered support from the Houston Police Officers Union, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), and Texas Values. Notable grassroots activists such as Urban Reform founder Charles Blain also volunteered for her campaign effort and multiple Houston area Republican House members also assisted.
On Tuesday evening, Abbott congratulated Hull on her win.
“A proven conservative, Lacey has been a tireless advocate and defender of Texas values. I was proud to endorse her for State Representative, and I look forward to working with her to usher in more opportunities and prosperity for the Lone Star State”
Bacy garnered more than 45 percent of the vote in a three-way Democrat primary contest, and went on to defeat Jennifer Rene Pool in a runoff election.
A former Harris County Assistant district attorney and immigration and civil rights attorney, Bacy had said her number one issue is criminal justice reform. She pushed back on accusations that she wants to defund police, and instead emphasized decriminalization legislation and restoration of the rights of those who have completed their sentences. Bacy also pledged to strengthen workers’ rights and work for “fair wages.”
Before announcing his retirement last year, Bohac had represented Texas House District (HD) 138 since 2003 but only narrowly won re-election in 2018 by a spare 47-vote margin. Changing demographics have shifted HD 138 to a minority-majority district, and Rice University fellow Mark Jones moved the race to the “leans Democrat” qualification.
Democrats had specifically targeted HD 138 in their efforts to flip the Texas House to Democrat control for the coming 2021 legislative session, and Bacy had significantly outraised Hull with $631,000 to $278,000 by October.
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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.