Steve Allison wins Texas House District 121 race, replacing Joe Straus

Straus' exit means new District 121 rep. for first time in more than 13 years

SAN ANTONIO – For the first time in more than 13 years, someone other than Joe Straus will be the representative for District 121 in the Texas House of Representatives. Republican Steve Allison defeated Democrat Celina Montoya and Libertarian Mallory Olfers in the race.

Allison, a newcomer to statewide political office, lays claim to experience he believes would translate to the job.

Allison, a business attorney, has served on the Alamo Heights Independent School District school board and on the VIA board.

Montoya is the vice president of community and government relations at Alamo Fireworks, her family's business, and is a past president of the Junior League of San Antonio.

Allison edged out five other Republican hopefuls, eventually winning the nomination in a May runoff against Matt Beebe.

Republican Rep. Joe Straus had held the seat since winning a 2005 special election. He has served as speaker of the Texas House since 2009, but announced last year he would not be seeking re-election.

With U.S. Highway 281 running along the western border and Austin Highway and I-35 to the east, District 121 stretches from Terrell Hills, Alamo Heights and Olmos Park into unincorporated Bexar County at the northern edge.

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