Cynthia Flores wins GOP nomination in Williamson Co. Texas House race


Social services case manager Cynthia Flores, who had the backing of Gov. Greg Abbott, easily secured the Republican nomination in state House District 52 in Williamson County on Tuesday.

Flores will face Democrat James Talarico, head of an education nonprofit, in the November general election.

Flores had 60.8 percent of the votes, besting Chris Ward, a clinical auditor, who had 16.8 percent of the votes and religious nonprofit president Jeremy Story, who had 22.4 percent of the votes.

The district — represented by Republican state Rep. Larry Gonzales, who didn’t run for re-election — encompasses most of Round Rock, some of Georgetown and extends east to Hutto and Taylor. Flores also received Gonzales’ endorsement.

READ: 3 Republicans are vying to replace Larry Gonzales in Texas House race

Flores campaigned on opposing elective abortions and strengthening the border to reduce human trafficking. She said if she’s elected to the Legislature, she would support increasing the state’s share of public school funding to decrease the property tax burden from local homeowners.

Ward said he also wants to fix school financing to help curb property tax increases. To bring costs down for schools, he wants to consider consolidating services and positions at small school districts, ensure that school districts are granting construction projects to lowest bidders when possible and eliminate the recapture system under which school districts with high property wealth give some of their revenue back to the state to be redistributed to property-poor school districts.

Although Flores wouldn’t comment on the leadership of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, Ward said he thought that Straus wasn’t conservative enough.

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