Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 22, 2014

Four on ballot

HC residents to have new state representative

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — No matter who wins the race between Lance Gooden and Stuart Spitzer in Texas House District 4, some of the residents of Henderson County will have a new state representative.

That’s because a slice of western Henderson County is now in House District 10, where Jim Pitts, first elected to the seat in 1992, is retiring at the end of the current term.

The Republican Primary has drawn four candidates running for the seat, all who reside in Ellis County. Voters in four Henderson County boxes will choose between Jake Ellzey, Duke Burge, T.J. Fabby and John Wray. Those are the citizens whose precincts cast ballots in 1A in Seven Points , 1T at Trinidad and 1TC in Tool.

Ellis County definitely has the numbers to dominate any District 10 Elections. In the 2010 census, it had a population of 149,601. The Henderson County slice includes 17 percent of its population, a total of 13,453 citizens.

The contenders include Ellzey, a 20-year U.S. Navy aviator from Midlothian. A decorated officer, he deployed a Navy SEAL team in 2006 in Iraq, and commanded a squadron in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011, before retiring. Ellzey and his wife Shelby have a 4-year-old daughter, McCall, and a 2-year-old son, Jack.

Duke is a Grand Prairie native who has lived in Midlothian since 1993. He is a small businessman and heads a fast growing IT firm. Duke is also a trustee for the Midlothian Independent School District.

Fabby was born in Arizona, but quickly became a Texan when his family moved to Ferris, when he was just a month old. Fabby grew up in Red Oak, and has lived in Waxahachie for the past eight years with his wife and two young children. He owns two small businesses, including Liberty Container and Liberty Tree Service. Fabby was one of four candidates in the 2012 primary won by Pitts.

Wray grew up in Waxahachie, then moved to Houston where he practiced law for six years.  Today, he is headquartered in Ellis County, and handles civil cases for a number of counties.