Democratic candidate for State House District 59 Bill Norris announced the end of his campaign after suffering a stroke last week.

Norris’ name will remain on the Nov. 6 ballot, but the Dublin Democrat informed his supporters he will not be fit enough to take the seat in January should he win.

“For all intents and purposes, he is not going to be campaigning,” said Marcy Tanter, Erath County Democratic Party chairwoman.

The announcement paves the way for Gatesville Republican J.D. Sheffield’s path to the Texas Capitol. Sheffield’s campaign manager said out of respect for Norris, Sheffield will not aggressively campaign.

“I’m very saddened to hear about Mr. Norris’ health issue,” Sheffield said. “We wish this hadn’t happened and we hope he has a full recovery.”

Sheffield said he first heard of Norris’ withdrawal from the race Friday. Tanter said Norris is now out of the hospital and in rehab.

“Bill is grateful for all the generous support he has received throughout the district from Democrats, Republicans and independents and he looks forward to serving everyone in the future,” a news release from the Erath County Democrats states.

District 59 encompasses all of Coryell County. It stretches north to Stephenville and west to Brady.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553

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