Voters across North Texas took to the polls Tuesday to elect Pat Fallon as the new state senator for District 30, replacing outgoing state Sen. Craig Estes.
As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, the Texas Secretary of State’s Office had Fallon ahead of his opponent Kevin Lopez with 73.61 percent of the vote and 378 of 522 precincts reporting. In Grayson County, Fallon receive 32,043 votes, or 75.40 percent of ballots cast.
“We are looking great tonight,” Fallon said during a watch party in Prosper Tuesday evening. “Throughout the election, I was very fortunate to meet thousands of people that really believed in something greater than they are.”
Fallon’s victory comes eight months after he defeated incumbent Craig Estes of Wichita Falls in the March Republican primary. Estes had held the seat since being first elected in 2001.
Prior to his bid for election, Fallon was elected to the Texas House of Representatives for District 106 in 2012 and served in that role for three terms. Fallon also served as a member of the Frisco City Council prior to moving to state politics.
Fallon said the decision to run for the Senate seat came following concerns over Estes and his responsiveness to his constituents.
“I just thought the incumbent wasn’t hearing from his constituents, or travelling his district enough,” Fallon said.
Since the primaries, Fallon said he has spoken to Estes’ staff and has been working with them on the transition.
Throughout the race, Fallon said there were several topics that were important to voters ranging from the strength of the Texas job market to immigration and the southern border.
“America became great because of immigration,” he said. “We want to continue immigration, but we want to do it the right way.”
Fallon said the issues he would like to pursue include funding reform for the Texas education system and reforms to property taxes. Fallon said he would like to fight for Texas teachers to receive supplement payments from the state to help augment their pay.
Despite the loss Tuesday night, representatives for Lopez said he plans to continue to work for the residents of North Texas.
“While we are disappointed with the results, we respect the voters’ decision,” Michelle Cramer, campaign manager for Lopez, said. “Kevin will continue to work on the behalf of the citizens of Senate District 30 for a positive difference for Texas.”
State Senate District 30 covers much of North Texas north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and covers 14 counties including Grayson, Cooke, and portions of Collin, and Denton Counties.