Incumbent Chuck Hopson will face Nacogdoches attorney Travis Clardy in a runoff election after Tuesday’s tight race for District 11 state representative.
Hopson received 9,249 votes, or 47.15 percent, while Clardy received 9,083 votes, or 46.30 percent, according to complete but unofficial results on the Secretary of State website. Alto farmer Tony Sevilla received 1,284 votes, or 6.54 percent.
Hopson, 70, said earlier in the night he was waiting to see what the official numbers were and whether he’d face a runoff election.
He has said one of the most important things for people to know about him is that he’s an experienced person, as he has served not only in the Legislature but also on the Jacksonville City Council, Jacksonville ISD school board and Jacksonville Planning and Zoning Commission.
“What people have found out is whether I’m on the city council or school board, they find me to be an honest person. They find me to be hard-working. I think that’s the big difference. I have a long history of doing this, and people trusting me is the most important thing.”
If re-elected, he has said he will continue to focus on education, protecting communities and protecting East Texas values.
Clardy, 50, said Tuesday he prepared to win and hoped to win but was pleased with his campaign.
He said he also appreciates the new people he’s met as well as his volunteers and family members and is confident he will win in July.
He campaigned to return local control to school classrooms and said that “people are tired of money being spent to grow government.”
In addition to his work as an attorney, Clardy served on the on the executive board of the East Texas Boy Scouts, is a Paul Harris Fellow at the Nacogdoches Rotary Club, is a sponsor of the Heartbeat Pregnancy Center and is an active member of the North Street Church of Christ, according to his campaign website.
Sevilla, 28, had described himself as a “nice country guy” who understands how government works. He told the Tyler Paper earlier that he is able to do what’s right whether it’s popular with people in office or power.