In a race that went down to the wire and may be headed to a recount, Borris Miles reclaimed a seat Tuesday that he had previously taken from Al Edwards, a longtime fixture in the state House of Representatives.
With all precincts reporting unofficial results, Miles defeated incumbent Al Edwards by 11 votes in the race for the District 146 seat, a heavily black district that will field no Republican opposition in the general election. Miles previously defeated Edwards in 2006, then lost the seat to him two years later following a controversy that saw him tried, and acquitted, in county court for an altercation at a party.
Miles, an insurance agent, tried to sway voters again with a message of change and a personality that occasionally turns flamboyant. The 71-year-old Edwards, a lay minister and real estate broker, was bidding for his 16th term. He relied on name recognition and a record in Austin that featured little in the way of controversy.
The race was the only contested one in the Harris County state Legislature lineup in the Democratic primary.
Five local seats featured contested races in the Republican primary. Only one produced a certain winner. In District 129, incumbent John Davis was headed back to Austin for a seventh term.
He easily defeated token challenger Mary Huls and faces no challenger in the general election. Davis serves as chair for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and as chairman of Budget and Oversight for the House Human Services Committee. He is employed as a manufacturers representative for a national roofing and wall restoration company.
Huberty running strong
In District 127, the seat vacated by Joe Crabb, natural gas company executive Dan Huberty, president of the Humble ISD board of trustees, comfortably led three challengers but will head to a runoff.
He will face Susan Curling, a practicing anesthesiologist and former president of the Harris County Medical Society.
She narrowly topped former Houston City Councilwoman Addie Wiseman. Another physician, Martin Basaldua, finished a distant fourt. The winner will face Democrat Joe Montemayor.
In District 134, attorney Sarah Davis, a member of the Republican National Committee, easily defeated secondary school teacher Bonnie Parker. Davis will face incumbent Ellen Cohen in the general election.
In District 148, Francisco Herrera, an emergency operations deputy chief with the Houston Fire Department, defeated accountant and businessman Howard H. Gano Jr.
Herrera will face incumbent Jessica Farrar in the general election.
In District 149, Jack O’Connor led two challengers but ended up in a runoff.
O’Connor, the president of a consulting company that deals with pumps and other industrial machinery, held a 12-point lead over neighborhood activist and retired school counselor Dianne Williams.
The winner will face unopposed incumbent Hubert Vo in the general election.