Dale Tillery (D) 16,576 votes (63.64%)
2002: Linda Harper Brown (R) 13,464 votes (75.84%)
[No Democratic Opponent]
2004: Linda Harper-Brown (R) 21,599 votes (59.2%)
Mike Moore (D) 14,884 votes (40.79%)
2006: Linda Harper-Brown (R) 11,881 votes (55.08%)
Bob Romano (D) 8,865 votes (41.1%)
2008: Linda Harper-Brown (R) 19,857 votes (48.72%)
Bob Romano (D) 19,838 votes (48.67%)
The trend is clear and HD 105 is ripe for a turnover to the Democratic Party candidate.
So when it’s this close, you don’t want any negative press on either side, do you?
Enter the Texas Values in Action Coalition, a Democratic political action group that has forwarded information about Harper-Brown’s possible ethics violations to state and federal authorities. Harper-Brown, who sits on the powerful Transportation Committee and who has touted the use of so-called “Red Light Cameras” by local municipalities apparently has the use of a 2010 Mercedes E550 sedan bought, paid for, and registered under the name of Durable Enterprises Equipment Ltd.
Especially because this year, Harper-Brown will not be facing another man. This year Harper-Brown faces a very credible opponent in Loretta Haldenwang.
Between Haldenwang’s creds and the Mercedes Mess this is a perfect storm that will be fun to watch come November.