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Walker withdraws contest
Houston County Courier - December 2008
District 11 State Representative Chuck Hopson released a statement indicating he received confirmation on Monday, Dec. 22 from the Office of the Speaker of the House that Brian Walker has formally withdrawn the election contest that was filed late last week.
The petition filed by Walker contained allegations of improper election procedures in Cherokee County that he felt may have compromised the integrity of the election process.
Brian Walker lost the election by 121 votes out of nearly 52,000 total cast.
"Our campaign prevailed on Nov. 4th and again after a full recount. While we were confident we would prevail and that the election process in all four counties was administered competently and fairly, we are pleased that this election has come to a conclusion. Now we can better focus our attention on the many issues facing Texans and their families during the 81st Legislative Session, which starts on Jan. 13, 2009," Hopson said.
In a statement released by Walker on Tuesday, Dec. 23, he said, "I called Chuck Hopson yesterday and conceded the election after I had my attorneys in Austin withdraw our election contest petition. It was a tough decision, but I believe it is best for the people of East Texas to put this election behind us," Walker said.
"Many of my supporters have encouraged us to continue this protest so that we can find some answers to many troubling questions, but they can be certain that my investigation will not end today," Walker continued.
"I heard from East Texas families throughout this election and they made it perfectly clear that they want me to focus my attention on creating jobs to improve our economy, expand educational opportunities for our families, and provide access to affordable healthcare all the while keeping taxes low and government efficient," Hopson said.
"I will continue to make these important issues a priority along with preserving individual property and water rights," Hopson added.