LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Now perhaps the biggest news of election night on Tuesday is that longtime incumbent Delwin Jones has been unseated by local tea party founder Charles Perry.
Jones was first elected to the Texas House in 1964, you may remember, he left politics for a while in the 70s. But overall, Jones served District 83 for 30 years.
Jones says he was shocked after the early voting totals came in. "Of course you are always surprised but as long as a I have a history of 30 years of successful achievement for these people that have supported me for the West Texas area. I'm proud of it, and I have no regrets and I just look forward to tomorrow," said Jones.
Perry will step join the Texas legislature for the first time and Jones says he has a lot of work ahead of him. "Well, the major challenge is going to be the multi-billion dollar deficit of finance because all of West Texas and all of the state will be in a severe bind, because when you have a shortfall of money you've got two choices, cut spending or raise taxes," said Jones.
Tuesday was an emotional night as Jones thanked all of his supporters over the years. "I would like to say, it's been a honor and privilege to represent West Texas and all of these fine people that have supported me over the years, and I don't look back with any regrets. I'm proud of West Texas and I'm proud of the people that I have represented and served and look forward to seeing what the giant side of Texas does next," said Jones.
And while he may be defeated this time, this politician says you may see him again. "I don't make those decisions because that's like asking a fire fighter if he's not going to the next fire," said Jones.
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