Venton Jones Celia Israel was top vote-getter in Austin mayor’s race and is headed to a runoff DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writertaffet@dallasvoice.com Venton Jones easily won election to the Texas House of Representatives in District 100, and in District 22, Christian Manuel-Hayes claimed victory, adding two gay men to the Texas House of Representatives’ LGBTQ Caucus.
Here in North Texas Julie Johnson fended off a serious challenge in her re-election bid in District 115. Jessica Gonzalez ran unopposed in District 104 and will return to the Legislature for a third term.
With Venton Jones’ win, the LGBTQ Legislative Caucus grows to three members from Dallas County. The line of people waiting to vote at the Oak Lawn Library, above left, wrapped around the block.
Venton Jones, above right, delivers his victory speech. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice) After Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announced her retirement after serving 30 years in the U.S.