Race to Watch: Texas House District 136

November 5th, 2012 at 7:41 pm by under Politics

Democratic HD 136 candidate Matt Stillwell

Redistricting gave Central Texas a new player in the state House next legislative session. HD 136 was once down in Harris County, but it now pops up as a seat in southern Williamson County. It was created to in an effort for Republicans to secure yet another place in the lower chamber, but the Democrat in this race could have an advantage. If there’s any place in Williamson County leaning left, it could be here.

Austin spills into the GOP-heavy county. The new district – made up of portions of two previous Republican seats – contains that area, plus other communities like Cedar Park, Leander and Brushy Creek.

Republican HD 136 candidate Tony Dale

Democrat Matt Stillwell faces Cedar Park Council Member Tony Dale – a Tea Party Republican. A Libertarian in the race – software developer Matt Whittington – could split the Republican vote, another possible advantage for Stillwell.

Schools are one of the greatest issues in this race, as two large districts there – Round Rock and Leander – have both dealt with class size issues and budget concerns. But tremendous growth and traffic problems could also rule this competition, as the area around two surrounding toll roads – 183 and 45 – has exploded in recent years.

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