2022 Runoff Election ResultsElections 2022State HouseWith Rick Perry’s Help, Stan Gerdes Wins GOP Runoff Versus Paul Pape

By a slim margin, Stan Gerdes is primed to represent House District 17 in the Texas legislature next session.
May 26, 2022

The open House District (HD) 17 is likely to be represented next session by Stan Gerdes after he edged out Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape on Tuesday.

Gerdes, a former Rick Perry staffer who received ample support from the former governor, won by 325 votes when the dust cleared.

The race began as a five-person field in the primary after state Rep. John Cyrier announced he would forgo re-election. It narrowed to two when Gerdes placed first and after a recount Pape remained in second.

Gerdes far outpaced Pape in fundraising with the help of Perry and other out-of-district connections, while the county judge self-financed a substantial portion of his sum.

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On Tuesday, Gerdes won only two of the district’s five counties, including Pape’s home of Bastrop County by a wide 650-vote margin.

Gerdes was also endorsed by Congressmen Pete Sessions (R-TX-17) and Chip Roy (R-TX-21), as well as state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown).

Pape was endorsed by Cyrier and the Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND along with a number of local officials in the district.

The district is heavily GOP-favored, rated R-64% by The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index — assuring Gerdes has a smooth path through November. He’ll face Madeline Eden in the general election.


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Brad Johnson

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