Tuesday’s Republican Primary narrowed the District 58 state representative race from four to two. Johnson County resident DeWayne Burns and Bosque County resident Philip Eby will now face one another in the May 27 runoff. The winner faces Democratic candidate Greg Kauffman in November’s general election.
Eby garnered 5,442 votes to Burns’ 4,117. Eby received 40.11 percent of the 13,566 votes cast compared to Burns’ 30.34 percent.
Former Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Henry Teich placed third, receiving 3,079 votes and 22.69 percent.
Grandview attorney Lyndon Laird finished fourth with 928 votes and 6.84 percent.
All four candidates declared their intentions to run last year after state Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, decided not to seek re-election.
Eby said he’s not surprised by the results of Tuesday’s primary.
“Obviously with four people in the race it was going to be almost impossible not to have a runoff situation,” Eby said. “We’ve been knocking on a lot of doors and we honestly expected to finish on top and I’m thrilled with how the campaign has been going so far.
“Now I plan to head back out and keep working between now and May.”
Eby, during the campaign, said he plans to focus on the budget, tax relief and spending cuts if elected. Eby also voiced strong support for Second Amendment rights and the need to address border security challenges.
Burns also said he was not surprised by Tuesday’s results.
“I figured the odds were pretty good for a runoff with that many in the race,” Burns said. “Now I’m going to turn right around and hit the ground running. I’m proud and thankful of all the support I received and I think the district deserves a state representative who knows what they are doing and can get to work from day one.
“I look forward between now and May on a lively debate on the issues affecting Johnson and Bosque counties.”
Burns, during the campaign, said he will focus on education on the state and local level and infrastructure needs for the district.
District 58 includes Johnson and Bosque counties.