Former Longview Mayor Jay Dean won the State Representative District 7 seat in the race against businessman David Watts.
 
Both GOP candidates announced their candidacy after David Simpson left the seat for a chance at Senate District 1. Dean sought the position to continue his political career, while Watts was looking to start his.
 
All of the votes came in around 11 pm Tuesday, with Dean winning by 58%.
 
Friends, family and campaign team gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Longview to support Dean.  Family members say he lead a positive campaign from the start and believe voters felt they could trust him.
 
As State Rep. District 7, Dean hopes to use his 10 years of experience as Mayor to bring people with differing views together to bring about necessary change.
 
For more information on the issues that matter most to Dean, click here.