By LANCE DUNCAN
State Representative Patrick Rose, facing his first Democratic primary opponent in five election cycles, may have gone a long way towards discouraging future primary challengers with a resounding victory Tuesday against Andrew Backus of Driftwood.
Rose, of Dripping Springs, finished with 79.7 percent of 8,321 votes cast across the district, which includes Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties. Within Hays County, Rose claimed 76.4 percent of 5,588 votes. Rose will face Republican Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) in the general election.
“I’m excited and humbled by the fact that our district has so overwhelmingly responded to the positive issue-oriented campaign,” Rose said. “I focused this race on our record of growing jobs and improving our local economy, building Texas State University, and improving our public school districts. We’re very excited about the positive response.”
Rose said that his main focus in the next legislative session will be on jobs and growing the local economy. He said building up Texas State and investing in infrastructure along the Interstate-35 corridor while protecting the Hill Country are also primary concerns.
Rose ran a tough campaign, but his victory may have been secured by his contrast with the challenger at the San Marcos League of Women Voters debate in February. Backus attacked Rose’s character and called him disingenuous, but he didn’t have much to say on most of the issues, including education and social services.
Rose characterized Backus as a “one-issue candidate,” referring to the challenger’s efforts to gain more authority for the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD), of which he is a director.
“The statement tonight is that voters in this district are more supportive of candidates who build consensus and work with diverse perspectives to solve problems,” Rose said. “Partisanship and divisiveness don’t have a place in this district, and that makes me proud to represent it.”Email | Print