Republican voters in Lubbock County’s Precinct 2 appear to have selected local attorney Susan Rowley to run for Justice of the Peace in the general election.
Rowley, 49, drew about 54 percent of the 5,752 votes from her precinct in the Republican primary tallied from 57 of the 58 polling places, according to unofficial results. She garnered more than 52 percent of the 3,653 early votes cast in the race.
“I'm excited, I think it's been really great,” said Rowley, who spent most of the night at Moegle Field where her son played for the Monterey High School baseball team.
The Justice of the Peace holds court over Class C Misdemeanor offenses, landlord-tenant disputes, small claims lawsuits less than $10,000 in value and truancy violations.
Rowley started her 20-year law career in the Amarillo city attorney’s office then moved to Lubbock County. In 2000, she started her own law office as a criminal defense attorney.
Rowley ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the office against incumbent Jim Dulin, who did not seek re-election this year.
This time around, she campaigned against Mark Meurer, the director of Mercy Retreat Center who worked for 20 years in the financial industry, and Clemmie Payne, a U.S. Navy veteran and disability rights advocate.
Meurer received about 39.5 percent of the votes and Payne garnered 6 percent.
Rowley will face Democrat candidate Daylan Flowers in the Nov. 6 general election.