August 5, 2014
by Matthew Costa

THE WOODLANDS — Surrounded by friends, family, and those who helped him along the way at Landry’s Seafood House in The Woodlands, Brandon Creighton celebrated his landslide victory in the Texas Senate District 4 runoff election against Steve Toth.

Creighton earned 15,215 votes (67.37 percent) to Toth’s 7,369 votes (32.62 percent) in the district that covers all or parts of five counties, including Montgomery, Harris, Jefferson, Chambers and Orange.

Creighton also dominated in Montgomery County, earning 9,019 votes (64 percent) to Toth’s 5,075 (36 percent).

“We fight for the things that matter as we define the future of Texas together,” said Creighton, R-Conroe, who vacated his District 16 state representative seat after serving four terms to run for the Senate seat, which Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, resigned from last year. “We lift the rest of this nation up, and Lord do they need it. We have so many people that worked so hard, and I am thankful to you so that we can all go together.”

When asked about the recent immigration issues throughout the state of Texas, the newly elected senator put his support behind Gov. Rick Perry.

“We get no cooperation from the feds, but we are standing strong as Texans,” Creighton said. “The governor has spoken; and as a senator, I’m going to stand behind the governor and make sure we continue to support these DPS troopers who put their lives on the line for this surge operation, backing them up with local law enforcement from this county and from these counties across District 4.”

While his wife Fawn and two children, Presleigh and Cannon, stood next to him, Creighton spoke about stopping Medicaid expansion and the role he and the rest of the state of Texas took, and what that meant for him as a Texan.

“When we stood against the biggest, largest, most unsustainable part of Obamacare last session … half the nation had just signed away their rights to the federal government for a couple of dollars that might not even come,” he said. “Even Florida with a Republican governor was saying we think we’re going to take it, but the Florida house said, ‘Wait a second. Texas is saying no. Let’s listen and back up a second.”

After thanking individual members of his campaign, as well as his family and friends, Creighton remarked on the type of campaign his competitors ran, thanking candidates Gordy Bunch and Michael Galloway, who lost in the special election in May, in which Creighton and Toth advanced to a runoff.

“We’ve had a rough road, because we have kept the higher road,” Creighton said. “We have not always been treated that way. I’m so thankful to them for running the type of races that we are all proud of because we talk about issues, and we’re confident enough to talk about issues on our own two feet and to articulate a message.”

After multiple attempts to reach out to Toth, R-The Woodlands, who ran for the state Senate seat after serving one term as District 15 state representative, The Courier was unable to reach him for comment.

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