Longtime District 11 State Rep. Chuck Hopson reacts to losing seat

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:42am

In the race for State Representative District 11, longtime Representative Chuck Hopson was defeated last night by Travis Clardy.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Clardy wins the runoff race with 51% of the vote.  Hopson had 49%.

Hopson supporters gathered in a home near downtown Jacksonville last night to show their support for their candidate.

Hopson started his career in the house of representatives as a Democrat...and later switched to the Republican party.

He's a well known pharmacist from Jacksonville that once owned May Drug Pharmacy.

After the final votes were tallied last night, Hopson spoke to media with his supporters by his side.

"You know we've got mixed feelings about this.  We're really, really appreciative of all the help the people from Rusk and Cherokee counties have given us over the years and you know we gave up Panola and Houston counties with this redistricting.  And you know we feel bad about losing them too but we just want to say thank you to all the people from Cherokee and Rusk County that have supported us for the last 10 years...12 years for the people in Cherokee County," Hopson said.

The winner, Travis Clardy is an attorney and small business owner from Nacogdoches.

KETK called him to get his reaction last night, but have not heard back as of news time.


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