Michael Callaway and Bryan C. Webb lose local seats to Republican party

Michael Callaway and Bryan C. Webb lose local seats to Republican party

Michael Callaway and Bryan C. Webb lose local seats to Republican party
November 07
14:38 2018

Democratic candidates Michael Callaway, who ran for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 and Bryan C. Webb, candidate for County Commissioner for Precinct 4 held a watch party at East Side Denton, a bar located on Oak Street.

Kara Engstrom, campaign manager for Callaway, knew the minute early voting was over, Callaway had lost to Republican candidate Harris Hughey.

“Early voting results [were] pretty much what we expected,” Engstrom said. “We have 32 precincts and only two of them leaned highly Democratic.”

The precincts which Engstrom mentioned were precinct 4004, which encompasses UNT, and precinct 4037, which encompasses the section of Denton that is referred to as Denia.

Beth Haswell-Kirkby is a local and national campaign volunteer who said he believed Texas becoming a blue state was slim.

“I understand that Texas is likely to stay red but I hope we’ve developed a movement where more views can be heard, more people will be active and more people will be [involved] in politics year round,” Kirkby said.

For Callaway, he understood winning the race against Republican Hughey was slim, but he decided to run anyway.

“I had a huge mountain and I knew that. I didn’t get into it because I thought I’d win,” Callaway said. “I knew I wouldn’t. I got into it to fight.”

Callaway believes the future of the Democratic party is not with people like him but rather with the younger population. He said what he learned from his campaign this election season is what continues to drive him in helping future candidates that plan to run in the coming years.

Democrat Bryan C. Webb said he also knew his chance of winning was slim, even more so because the party out of power tends to have a disadvantage.

“I stayed in the race because I think it’s important to have a diversity of voices heard and right now I don’t think we have [this] in the halls where decisions are made,” Webb said.

The results for County Commissioner for Precinct 4 are Dianne Edmondson (R) at 61.04 percent and Bryan C. Webb (D) at 38.96 percent. The results for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 are Harris Hughey (R) at 68.2 percent and Michael Callaway (D) at 31.8 percent.

Featured Image: Webb and Callaway together at their watch party. Cindy Ngo 

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