Rogers defeats Francis in House District 60 runoff

Laura Gutschke
Abilene Reporter News
Glenn Rogers

After finishing second in the March primary, Glenn Rogers of Graford overcame Jon Francis of Cisco in the Tuesday Republican primary runoff for state representative for Texas House District 60, based on unofficial results.

There was no Democratic candidate in the running to replace current state Rep. Mike Lang, so Rogers is the presumptive winner of the seat.

Rogers earned 11,956 votes (52.4 percent) to 11,278 (47.6 percent, for a lead of 678 votes.

Rogers carried Brown County, receiving 2,041 votes (52.3 percent) to Francis’ 1,862 votes (47.7 percent), according to unofficial results for the Brown County Elections Office.

“It is with great humility that I accept the charge given to me tonight by the people of House District 60,” Rogers said in a statement. “This is a victory for our entire region and for every small town in our district, and it would have never happened without the support and dedication of those who believed in our cause and worked relentlessly to do their part.”

Francis had started the evening with a lead, and the two candidates virtually were tied as more counties reported results.

Although Rogers reached about a 1,000 vote lead at one point, late results from precincts in Hood County gave the campaign pause, wondering if the lead would hold up.

The Twitter account for the Gov. Greg Abbott campaign posted a congratulations to Rogers for winning the election, calling Rogers “a passionate conservative who will fight to defend the values that matter most to rural Texas.”