Elections 2020Two Texas House Incumbents Go Down as Bryan Slaton, Shelby Slawson Win Insurgent Runoff Bids

GOP challengers Bryan Slaton and Shelby Slawson have secured electoral victory after routs of their incumbent opponents.
July 15, 2020
Reps. Dan Flynn (R-Van) and J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville), incumbents of 17 and eight-years, respectively, saw their tenure in the Texas legislature come to a close on Tuesday.

For Flynn’s challenger, Bryan Slaton, the third time was the charm as he more than doubled the combined margin he lost by in the last two elections.

Once the results in House District 2 (HD 2) became clear, Slaton stated on Facebook, “I can’t tell you how humbling it is to be so overwhelmingly supported by my community,” further thanking Flynn for his service.

“I first ran for this seat 6 years ago. To those of you who supported me from day 1, thank you. To those of you who have come on board in the last several months, I couldn’t have done this without you. This is a victory for House District 2, and I promise I won’t let you down,” he continued.

Flynn, more succinctly, posted, “In the runoff election of House District 2 we were not successful. It was a distinct honor and privilege to serve in The Texas House of Representatives and it will always be a highlight in my life.”

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Flynn had been endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott and hit Slaton hard for his association with Empower Texans, especially after a recording came out in which staffers spoke profanely and derogatorily about Abbott.

In House District 59, meanwhile, challenger Shelby Slawson knocked-off Sheffield by a similar margin to Slaton’s.

Contrasting the events in HD 2, Slawson had won the March primary handily.

She reacted to the victory on Facebook, stating, “You the voters have spoken, loud and clear, and I am deeply humbled to report VICTORY for Central Texas conservatives! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your enthusiasm and passion for our Deeply Red Heart of Texas.”

“Our journey—our fight for our shared conservative values and to Keep Texas RED—has only just begun,” Slawson concluded.

Sheffield, who had also been endorsed by Abbott, stated, “I called Mrs. Slawson to congratulate her on her victory last night. I want to thank everyone, especially my wife Janice, for their hard work and support. Serving my neighbors in the Texas House has been one of the highest honors of my life. Thank you for the privilege. God Bless you all and God Bless Texas.”

While Abbott’s endorsed candidate came out on top in House District 60, Slaton and Slawson’s victories represent two tallies in the loss column for the governor.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and 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.