Rep. Rhetta Andrews Bowers (D-Rowlett) has fended off a formidable challenge from Republican Will Douglas, a pharmacist and small business owner, in the race to represent House District 113, which includes parts of Garland, Rowlett, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, Mesquite, and Balch Springs.
With all precincts reporting, Bowers had received 51.8 percent of the vote, which amounted to 35,596 ballots, and Douglas had received 48.2 percent of the vote, which amounted to 33,158 ballots.
Bowers, who boasted the endorsement of former President Obama, thanked her supporters on Wednesday.
“Your support pushed us to the finish line and across it successfully,” Bowers said.
Douglas also expressed gratitude for his supporters on social media.
“While we came up short, I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together over the past 13 months,” Douglas said. “This race was never about me — it’s about creating opportunity for all Texans. And that fight doesn’t stop today. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!”
Douglas raised a whopping $2,108,072 million in his campaign, while Bowers received $695,790.
Douglas ran on his strong support for law enforcement including an endorsement from the Dallas Police Association.
“Racism is real, but violence and defunding the police can’t be the answer,” Douglas said on the campaign trail.
He also emphasized other conservative issues such as property tax relief, economic growth, and border security.
Bowers ran on health care, jobs, education, and racial justice. She contended that “deeply rooted systemic racism does exist and unfortunately has persisted.”
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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.