Two Nearly Identical Candidates Run for State Senate District 4

Early voting starts Monday for the District 4 run-off race.


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When State Senator Tommy Williams resigned last year to take a position at Texas A&M University, four people ran to fill his seat. That race resulted in a run-off between two white, male, conservative state representatives from Montgomery County. Rice University Political Science Department Chair Mark Jones says the two candidates, Brandon Creighton and Steve Toth, have similar credentials, but Creighton is the favorite.

“While just as conservative as Steve Toth, Creighton is someone who could also be more effective in terms of getting conservative policies passed in Austin. And is also someone who is seen with more promising eyes by the GOP establishment and particularly by the Austin lobby,” Jones said.

Creighton also has more campaign money and is spending more on ads. Jones says although Senate District 4 covers a large geographic area all the way from Conroe to Beaumont and down to the coast, the turnout will be very low.

“Overwhelming majority of voters in this election reside in Montgomery County, where both Toth and Creighton are from, Toth from The Woodlands and Creighton from Conroe. Probably about two thirds or more of the votes cast in this special election run-off will come from Montgomery County, with a small proportion from Harris and Jefferson County and almost nothing from Galveston and Chambers County,” Jones said.

Jones says in a district of about 825,000 people, around 20,000 are likely to cast ballots. Early voting starts  Monday and runs through August 1. Election day for the run-off is August 5.

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