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Awaiting runoff election, Read King and Lynn Stucky look to continue 14-year GOP streak

Awaiting runoff election, Read King and Lynn Stucky look to continue 14-year GOP streak

March 31
03:26 2016

Jynn Schubert | Staff Writer


Julia Falcon | Staff Writer


Republican candidates Lynn Stucky and Read King are still hitting the streets of Denton to win over as many voters as they can before the runoff election on May 7 for Texas House District 64.

King and Stucky outlasted Denton attorney Rick Hagen on Super Tuesday. The winner will be up against 21-year-old Democrat Connor Flanagan, a UNT student, in November. King wants to be more personal and Stucky is running a more traditional campaign, he said.

“I have been working really hard and have been taking all the right steps,” Stucky said. “I have been educating voters and telling them why they should choose me, this includes knocking on doors, making phone calls, and sending out publications. It is very important to connect with the voters.”

Dr. Lynn Stucky is a Republican running for state represenitive. Courtesy | Lynn Stucky

Lynn Stucky | Courtesy 

King has also been going door to door and handing out cards with his cellphone number on them in hopes that people will be more likely to talk to him.

“The way I’ve run my campaign for the last three years is I’ve got to meet as many voters as possible,” King said. “I’ve got to meet as many people as I’m going to represent, because the title is state representative, and I’ve said over and over again: ‘I can’t represent someone if I haven’t met them.’”

In an effort to separate himself from King, Stucky said his resume and experiences make him a better lawmaker. From founding Young Life in Denton, to being a part of the Denton and Sanger Chambers of Commerce, Stucky and his wife are active in Denton County, he said.

“I have served and been president of many different organizations and boards in the area,” Stucky said. “Being a part of these groups has helped me become a good negotiator. District 64 needs someone to listen to their needs and wants, and most importantly any concerns they have.”

King prefers to run a clean campaign by not losing track of himself or hurting his opponents to gain votes. He currently runs a mobile laser tag business with his two oldest sons helping work events; King hopes to teach them life skills he feels they would not otherwise learn.

“I started them working that because I wanted them to know that if you want money you’ve got to get a job and if you work you get money.” King said. “Those two concepts go together, and I’d like to get that instilled as early as possible.”

Republican Read King stands with his wife Laura King.

Read King and his wife Laura King. Courtesy | Read King

Things Stucky wants to focus on include small businesses, such as his own veterinary practice, and the safety of others in Denton, fueled by his experience at the Boston Marathon when the bombings happened.

“It’s scary starting your own business, and Denton has so many small and unique businesses,” Stucky said. “The representative of Denton needs to support its successes and understand the safety of its people.”

As for their Democratic opponent, both candidates had nothing but nice things to say about Flanagan and wish him the best during the rest of the campaign trail. The Democratic Party has not won a partisan race in Denton County in 14 years.

“Connor is a young individual who has guts, and I am proud for him,” Stucky said. “I got to know him and he is very personable with a great personality and future ahead of him. If I become the Republican nominee, we will run a clean campaign. He impresses me. Although he doesn’t have much experience, he will get there.”

King particularly has high hopes for Flanagan, stating that the two actually agree on certain issues, and that he’s excited to see young people getting involved in politics.

“He seems like he’s a really sharp kid,” King said. “I will give kudos first of all to anyone who steps up to run for office no matter what their age, background, political ideology, etcetera. We need to be engaging the next generation into this political process. We all live here, we all have to be a part of this.”

The spot they all hope to fill used to belong to Myra Crownover, who served District 64 since 2000 to replace her late husband, Ronny.

Before Crownover announced her retirement last year, she came under fire from people in the community for not voting against Texas House Bill 40, a piece of legislation considered by many to be a death sentence to Denton’s ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Another Denton County GOP veteran, Dianne Edmondson, will also be leaving the county arena as the party’s chairwoman to pursue a state-wide office. Edmondson is cherished by Republicans as the shepard to the party’s sucess against Democrats. She oversaw a 14-year win streak on partisan offices.

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