Ed. note: The following is one of twenty races we are featuring in the Texas Political Report.
District Overview: The Numbers, The Issues, and the Candidates
State Representative Robert Miklos represents the eastern parts of Dallas County, including Mesquite. A former Chief Prosecutor for the City of Dallas and a past President of the Mesquite Bar Association, Rep. Miklos joined the State House in 2009, after defeating Republican Mike Anderson in 2008. Rep. Miklos is running this time with the support of firefighters, police, and teachers. A Democrat who represents the needs of his district, Miklos' campaign has knocked on over 14,000 doors already this cycle, before the Labor Day field plan kicks in.
The district is one of the many in suburban areas of Texas that has turned to Democrats on the State House level in recent years — predominantly because of the focus on pocketbook issues in areas undergoing demographic change. With his emphasis on issues like utility and insurance rates, as well as jobs and the economy, Rep. Miklos has turned most of his legislative attention into reducing the rising costs associated with Republican rule in Texas. Miklos' legislative agenda has earned him support from numerous community leaders and organizations, and as an incumbent he's shown a propensity to pro-actively get engaged with the people he spent his life working with.
Why Rep. Miklos Returns Next Year
Rep. Miklos' opponent, Cindy Burkett, is a Tea Party supporter whose support for school vouchers has alienated her from Republicans who support public education. Burkett was the much more conservative candidate in the primary, and her track record of extreme fringe positions is not expected to help her in a relatively moderate district. In a tough election year, anything is possible — but Miklos' record , hard work and popularity in the district are expected to carry him to a victory in November.
June 30 Campaign Finance Report:
|HD 101: Miklos vs. Burkett||Contributions||Expenditures ||Cash on Hand |
|Rep. Robert Miklos (D)||$80,449||$40,885||$64,729|
|Cindy Burkett (R)||$79,279||$63,889 ||$59,511|
|Advantage ||$1,170 – Miklos||–||$5,218 – Miklos|