Perri and Oliver advance to Democratic runoff for District 25


5:20 p.m. Wednesday update: Democrats Chris Perri and Julie Oliver are heading to a runoff. Perri led in the primary with 33 percent, and Oliver followed with 26 percent. The winner in that race will face U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, in November.

Williams ran unopposed in the GOP primary.

12:20 a.m. update: Democrats Chris Perri and Julie Oliver are headed to a runoff after neither secured a majority of the vote in the Democratic primary for Texas’ 25th congressional district.

The winner between of that May 22 contest will face U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, in November. Williams ran unopposed in the GOP primary.

Perri, an Austin lawyer, led the five-person field with 33 percent of the vote. The Associated Press announced around midnight that Oliver, a Central Health board member with 26.3 percent of the vote, would advance to the runoff.

Earlier: None of the five Democrats vying to challenge U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, in November had a majority of the vote, setting up a likely runoff.

Kathi Thomas, who owns an event planning company, had the largest slice of the vote, followed closely by Julie Oliver, a St. David’s HealthCare executive and Central Health board member.

Texas’ 25th Congressional district includes portions of West, Central and East Austin, as well as San Marcos, Cedar Park and Leander. It stretches to just south of Fort Worth.

Williams is running unopposed in the Republican primary.

With more than 3,700 votes counted, none of the five Democrats vying to challenge U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, in November have a majority of the vote.

Kathi Thomas is leading with 32.7 percent of the vote. She is followed by Julie Oliver with 27.1 percent of the vote, Chris Perri with 20.1 percent, West Hansen at 15.3 percent and Chetan Panda with 4.8 percent.

Texas’ 25th Congressional district includes portions of West, central and East Austin, as well as San Marcos, Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Burnet and Marble Falls. It stretches to just south of Fort Worth.

Williams is running unopposed in the Republican primary for a fourth term.

Five Democrats are running in the race.



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