A potential power shift in the Texas House could have major impa

A potential power shift in the Texas House could have major impact on redistricting

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas House of Representatives has remained red since 2002, but after losing a dozen seats last election, it appears House Democrats have an opportunity to regain the majority in next year's election. 

That opportunity got wider on Tuesday, as House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced he is stepping down in 2020.

They need to flip nine more seats to take a majority in the House.

Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish said the implications of this election could last decades for our area.

"I think one of the things that concerns me going forward, as to the leadership of the Texas House of Representatives, would be redistricting," Parrish said.

To understand the impact of redistricting, Parrish said it could be the difference in how much Lubbock has a voice.

"County government basically functions as an arm of the state, and so we're only able to do those things that the state will allow us to do. It's vitally important that we work with our local representatives and our senator to make sure the interests of Lubbock County are represented in Austin," Parrish said.

This is why Parrish said this could be one of the biggest elections for Lubbock County in years. 

"Now, I'm not talking about just the House seats and Texas Senate seat, but congressional seats as well. This is going to be probably one of the more vital things going forward that we've got to pay attention to," Parrish said.

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