Former District 58 state representative candidate Henry Teich endorsed his former opponent DeWayne Burns during a Tuesday night meeting of the Johnson County Republican Party. Burns faces Philip Eby in the May 27 runoff.
“I believe that DeWayne is the best candidate to represent us in Austin and I wholeheartedly offer my support to his campaign for the May 27 Republican Party run-off election,” Teich said. “I encourage all my former supporters and voters throughout District 58 to cast their ballot for DeWayne.”
Teich last year stepped down from his position as chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party to run for state representative after state Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, announced he would not seek re-election. Teich placed third in the March Republican Primary’s four-candidate race, which necessitated a runoff as neither Burns nor Eby captured 50 percent of the vote. Eby collected 4,355 votes in the primary while Burns collected 3,405.
Burns resides in Cleburne and Eby resides in Clifton.
The winner of May’s run-off will face Democratic candidate Greg Kauffman in November’s general election. District 58 includes Johnson and Bosque counties.
Teich said Burns’ work with two former state representatives and then-Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry, in addition to his business experience and stint on the Cleburne ISD board of trustees and other boards, will serve him and the residents of District 58 well in Austin.
“DeWayne has the legislative and business experience to hit the ground running when the Texas Legislature reconvenes in January,” Teich said. “I know he will represent all of District 58 with honor and integrity.”
Eby said he’s disappointed Teich chose to endorse his opponent, but remains confident heading into the runoff.
“Most of the grass-root Republicans in both counties appear to be supporting us and I’ve collected several endorsements also,” Eby said. “My focus remains on getting out to meet the voters and working on what’s best for District 58 and the country.”