One day after winning the Republican nomination for state representative of District 59, Dr. J.D. Sheffield is turning his attention to November when he will take on Democrat and Dublin resident Bill Norris.
Sheffield, a Gatesville resident who serves as medical director of Coryell Medical Center and is the former chief of staff at Coryell Memorial Hospital, surprised many with his big win Tuesday over Sid Miller, a six-term incumbent.
Sheffield won big in Coryell, the largest county in the district, where he garnered more than 3,500 votes. It was an area his campaign manager, Glenn Jeffers, said they worked hard.
"We had a lot of volunteers who helped us walk blocks and talk to voters," Sheffield said. "J.D. led the charge and was relentless."
Jeffers said they knew they had the campaign locked up Tuesday night when Coryell's final votes were tallied.
"We knew we were in good shape when Coryell County posted numbers," Jeffers said. "We only lost by about 800 votes in Erath County so we felt good."
After taking a week off from the campaign trail, Jeffers said Sheffield and a host of volunteers will begin preparing for Nov. 6.
"We plan on hitting it full stride," Jeffers said. "We will visit Erath County in the next couple of weeks and reach out to voters and get to know them better."
Complete results from District 59 were not available at press time Tuesday. The following are the complete totals posted by the secretary of state.
Sheffield - 948
Miller - 867
Sheffield - 3,550
Miller - 1,314
Miller - 2,339
Sheffield - 1,565
Sheffield - 815
Miller - 516
Miller - 942
Sheffield - 639
Sheffield - 371
Miller - 303
Sheffield - 404
Miller - 400
Miller - 468
Sheffield - 385