GOP Challenges Democrat Incumbents

For the past year, all eyes have been on the race for state Rep. Dan Branch’s soon-to-be-vacated House District 108 seat. Republican candidate Morgan Meyer defeated two other party hopefuls, Court Alley and Chart Westcott, respectively, in the March and May primaries.

Leigh Bailey, on the other hand, has been the sole Democratic candidate from the start.

With election day nearing on Nov. 4, candidates have been making their last appeals to donors, supporters, and voters.

“We’ve got to do well in Dallas County, and it really starts with these core precincts,” Branch said at a Meyer fundraiser.

Meyer is a Lubbock native and SMU graduate, while Bailey grew up in Dallas and attended The Hockaday School.

“The best part of this whole experience is all the people that you meet,” Bailey said.

In other races, Republican candidates facing off with Democratic incumbents seems to be the theme.


Far North Dallas resident and former city councilman Ron Natinsky hopes to bump county judge Clay Jenkins out of his seat. Jenkins has recently been in the spotlight for his efforts to house undocumented children in the county and to evade Ebola.

Both have ties to the area in that Natinsky attended Hillcrest High School and Jenkins’ children attend Highland Park ISD schools.

As for the district attorney race, Republican Susan Hawk hopes to unseat veteran D.A. Craig Watkins. Hawk is a former felony prosecutor and criminal court judge, while Watkins became Texas’ first African-American elected as district attorney in 2006.

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