2016 primary election results

March 1 Primary Election Recap

Bradley PepperAdvocacy

As we put what seems like a never-ending election season in our rear view mirrors, the March 1 Republican and Democratic Primary Election is now completed, but a May 24 runoff date looms.

Within our Greater Houston delegation, there were a few tough primary fights for some of our incumbent Congressional members and there are a few State House seats that will be determined in the runoff, with one long-term incumbent losing on March 1.


District 7: Congressman John Culberson (R-Houston) defeated two Republican Primary challengers with 57.28%.


District 8: Congressman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) got 53.39% of the vote to survive three Republican Primary challengers.

District 29: Congressman Gene Green (D-Houston), who has not had a Democratic Primary opponent since 1996, pulled out a Democratic Primary win over former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia with 58.25% to Garcia’s 37.85%.


District 18: In the six-way Republican Primary race to replace Representative John Otto (R-Dayton), there will be a runoff between Keith Strahan of Liberty and Ernest Bailes of Shepherd who received 28.24% and 25.92% respectively.

District 126: HOME-PAC endorsed Kevin Roberts is the nominee to replace Representative Patricia Harless (R-Spring).

District 128: HOME-PAC endorsed Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) will be in a run-off with Deer Park attorney Briscoe Cain, who took 48.01% to Smith’s 43.57%.

District 130: HOME-PAC endorsed anesthesiologist Tom Oliverson won the Republican Primary to replace Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Tomball).

District 139: In a four-way Democratic Primary race to replace Representative now Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D-Houston), there will be a runoff between Kimberly Willis and Jarvis Johnson who received 31.82% and 28.72% respectively.

District 150: In a four-way Republican Primary, Representative Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) was defeated by Valoree Swanson. Riddle got 39.64% of the vote to Swanson’s 52.46%, while the other two candidates garnered less than 8% combined.

The GHBA HOME-PAC will be meeting on April 14 at 1 p.m. at the GHBA to conduct candidate interviews and discuss endorsements for the May 24 runoff. If you would like to get more information on becoming involved with HOME-PAC, please contact Amy Carl at acarl@ghba.org or by phone at (281) 664-1433.

About the Author

Bradley Pepper

Government Affairs Director Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA)