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Betty Brown

Republican Betty Brown cruised to a victory for her sixth term to the Texas House of Representatives for District 4 Tuesday night.

Brown received 64 percent of the vote to 33 percent from Democratic challenger and political journeyman Victor Morales.

Brown defeated Wade Gent in the March Republican primary. She earned a total of 8,766 votes in Henderson and Kaufman counties at that time. On Tuesday, she earned 18,236 votes.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome,” Brown said. “I view that as a vote of confidence on what I’ve done.”

She said she has been working on several bills during the legislative recess.

“The main thing is the voter ID bill. I’m dedicated to seeing it pass this time,” Brown said.

She also said she is working on an imminent domain bill to improve the way citizens are treated.

Brown was the first female elected to represent Henderson and Kaufman counties to statewide office. Brown has served as the vice chair of the Redistricting Committee, on the Local and Consent Calendars Committee for the 80th Legislative Session and the Chairman of Budget Oversight for the Agriculture and Livestock Committee for the 78th, 79th and 80th Legislative Session.

Morales said he was not surprised by the result.

“It’s really just about how right-wing the two counties are,” he said.

Morales said he did the best he could during the campaign since he was also a full-time teacher.

He said he hopes his campaign representing education issues will have brought it to Brown’s attention. Morales said he will not run for another political office.

“I promised my wife this would be it,” he said.

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