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ry. Lyon has the support of COPE and TSTA in what could be a swing district. D-Center, took 64.8 percent of the Democratic primary vote to beat John L. Blair of Kountze. Haley has the support of COPE and TSTA as he heads into the general election against Gene Shull, a Tyler contractor, who got 51.4 percent in a three-way race. The district is rated a potential swing. Redistricting in drew three challengers into the Democratic primary race with incumbent Sen. John Whitmire. State Rep. Roman 0. Martinez, attracted by the 57-percent-Hispanic majority in the district, with 48.5 percent of the vote, ended up in the runoff with Whitmire, who polled 46.5 percent. The winner will face Republican Thomas V. Kelley of Houston. In Sen. Carlos Truan of Corpus Christi, whose district got an extra dose of Hispanic voters from Hidalgo County courtesy of the federal judges, got 63.9 percent of the Democratic primary vote to beat Ingleside Mayor Mark E. Crawford. There is no Republican candidate. In Royce West, a Duncanville lawyer, won a three-way Democratic primary to succeed Eddie Bernice Johnson. West, the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Dallas County District Attorney in 1986, got 57.6 percent of the vote against former state Rep. Jesse Oliver, who received 28.5 percent, and Rep. Jerald Larry, who got 13.9 percent. There is no Republican in the race. In Sen. Bill Sims, a conservative rancher from San Angelo, handily beat Sen. Temple Dickson, a progressive lawyer from Sweetwater, in the Democratic primary, as Sims got 65.8 percent of the vote. Sims’ victory could keep the district in nominally Democratic hands. In the Republican primary, Rep. Troy Fraser of Big Spring got 58.2 percent of the Republican primary vote to beat Jim Deats, a Boerne businessman, who got 25 percent, and Charles Johnson of Kerrville, who got 16.8 percent. If state Rep. George Pierce, R-San Antonio and an old pal of Judge Nowlin, really drew to his liking, it did him little good, as he received only 10.6 percent of the vote in the five-way Republican primary. Two other ambitious state reps, Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio \(with 33.6 percent heavily Republican district, as Jim Canady 17.4 Higgins, an Austin lawyer, former deputy public advocate for the Public Utility Commission and former Round Rock ISD president, was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. The Democratic primary race for District turned into a high-stakes brawl, as incumbent Sen. Eddie Lucio of Brownsville, with 57.5 percent of the vote, beat back forlawyer who had support from COPE, TWPC, plaintiff’s lawyers and the Sierra Club, while Lucio had TSTA and business support. There is no Republican candidate. Observers said the race was lost in December when the Republican-appointed federal judges tailored the districts to suit Lucio; areas of lower-inc .ome voters were stripped off in a strip that resembled a scorpion’s tail and attached to District 20, which helped Sen. Carlos Truan, D-Corpus Christi, pad his victory margin. In Sen. Peggy Rosson, a homemaker and former Public Utility Commission member, had a relatively easy Democratic primary victory with 56.8 percent of the vote while Bonnie Rangel Guaderrama, a lawyer and municipal judge, got 31.2 percent and Malcolm McGregor, a lawyer and former state representative, got 11.9 percent. Rosson had support of COPE, TSTA and TWPC. There is no Republican candidate. House of Representatives: In District 2, Rep. Sam Russell, D-Mount Pleasant, a lawyer with COPE and TSTA support, got 61.4 percent of the vote to beat Robert school district, in the Democratic primary. In District 6, Rep. Ted Kamel, R-Tyler, scored an easy GOP primary win with 71.6 percent of the vote against Amy Glenn of Flint, who had TSTA and TWPC support. In District 10, which is vacant, the Democratic primary produced a runoff between Lynda S. Bruner, a Hillsboro business owner with COPE and TWPC support, who got 38.1 percent, and Larry W. Wright, a legislative assistant and former Hill County Judge from Malone, who got 38 percent. Bobby W. Maxwell finished third with 23.9 percent. The only Republican candidate is Jim Pitts, a Waxahachie lawyer, owner of an abstract and title company, farmer-rancher and president of the Waxahachie school board. In District 13, Roberta Mikeska, an operations manager and controller and Brenham City Council member, got 69.9 percent of the Republican primary vote to beat Charles C. Stigall, a Sealy salesman. Mikeska, will challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. Dan Kubiak of Rockdale in the general election. In District 20, Zeb D. Zbranek, a Liberty lawyer, got 51.3 percent of the Democratic primary vote to beat Charles R. Barker, a retiree from Cleveland with COPE support, for an open seat. George Mayes, a Cleveland tax practitioner, is the only Republican in the race. In District 22, Rep. Al Price, D-Beaumont, faces a Democratic primary runoff with Stella Morrison, a Port Arthur lawyer. After the district was redrawn to connect black communities in Beaumont and Port Arthur, Price got 49.4 percent of the vote, while Morrison got 33.2 percent in the first round. Observers said Tarlton Booker Jr. of Beaumont, organized labor’s choice in what is normally seen as a strong union district, failed to get his campaign going and fell victim to traditional Beaumont-Port Arthur rivalries. District 27 produced a Democratic runoff between Huey McCoulskey, a Richmond retired teacher and administrator, with 29.9 percent of the vote, and Harry Johnson, a Missouri City lawyer who got 26.4 percent. Other finishers were Richard Avery of Needville with 19.4 percent and Susan Duquesnay Bankston of Richmond with 24.4 percent. In the Republican primary, Mary Ward of Rosenberg, an investigator for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, municipal judge, mayor and justice of the peace, got 58.7 percent of the vote to beat Ben P. Bono of Clodine. In District 39, Rep. Renato Cuellar of Weslaco got 60.7 percent of the Democratic primary vote to beat Mario Garcia-of Mercedes. In redrawn District 43, the five-way Democratic primary produced a runoff between Tracy 0. King, self-employed Uvalde man who got 33.2 percent, and Pedro G. Nieto, a Uvalde lawyer and former intern with the Mental Health Law Project in Washington, D.C., and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, who got 26.4 percent. Others in the primary were Rufino L. Cabello of Carrizo Springs,who got 20.9 percent; J.B. Davis of Carrizo Springs, who got 11.5 percent; and Antonio Garcia III of Hondo,, who got 8 percent. In redrawn District 44, Rep. Tom Cate, DLytle, a lawyer with COPE support, got 39.7 percent of the vote but was forced into a runoff by Richard E. Raymond of Benavides, a former state employee and aide to U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen who got 32.9 percent of the vote with TSTA support. Alberto T. Martinez of San Diego got 27.4 percent. A five-way Republican primary race in the new Travis County District 47, produced a runoff between Susan Combs, a rancher who got 34.8 percent, and Bill Welch, a businessman who got 20.2 percent. Leonard Smith got 19.6 percent, Harold Davis, a former state representative, got 16.7 percent and Lee. Parsleygot 8.7 percent. Jimmy Davis, an Austin businessman; was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In central Austin District 51, Rep. Glen Maxey, the only openly gay House member, won the Democratic primary with 54.1 percent of the vote. Lulu Flores, a lawyer, got 45.9 percent as she failed to expand much beyond the 44-percent Hispanic base in the district. Maxey has support from COPE, the Austin Women’s Political Caucus \(although the state group did Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus and TSTA as he faces Republican Richard Mallory, an Austin businessman, in the general election. In District 53, Rep. HarVey Hildebran, RKerrville; won with 62.1 percent of the vote in the Republican primary, as Stephen C. Hopkins of Burnet got 12.8 percent and Kent L. Smith, a Johnson City lawyer, got 25.1 percent. In District 57,Rep. Betty Denton of Waco with 66.9 percent of the vote beat two Democratic primary opponents as Michael Volcik, a senior at Baylor University, got 9.8 percent; and Roy Walthall of Waco got 23.3 percent. Denton, who has announced her candidacy for House speaker, has COPE and THE TEXAS OBSERVER 7 “”0″,'”*”,-“””Prv,”*””” -.'”1.1