A runoff election has emerged in the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace race in Runnels County according to totals tallied from the March 6 Primary Election. With all precincts reporting, approximately 21 percent of Runnels County's 6,645 registered voters turned out to vote.
A runoff election has emerged in the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace race in Runnels County according to totals tallied from the March 6 Primary Election. With all precincts reporting, approximately 21 percent of Runnels County’s 6,645 registered voters turned out to vote.
In the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace election, there were 423 ballots cast for Clay Bullock or 45.29 percent of the vote, causing a runoff between Bullock and candidate Lane Pinckney who received 43.68 percent of the vote or 408 of the ballots cast. According to the Secretary of State, the winner must receive 51 percent of the vote. The winner of the election will replace long time JP Glenda Wood and will be sworn in Jan. 1, 2019.
Both candidates thanked voters for casting ballots in the election.
“I want to give my heartfelt thank you to everyone for the support and encouragement shown to me on the Runnels County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 election,” Bullock said. “I am honored and humbled by your vote. I would like to give my thanks to both of my opponents Lane Pinckney and Mike Neeley for running a fair and honorable race. Even though I had the most votes, it is going to be a close race and I look forward to the runoff on May 22. I would greatly appreciate your continued support in the future in becoming your next justice of the peace.”
"First of all I would like to thank everyone who came out and voted in the primary election," Pinckney said. "We truly appreciate your support and votes. The numbers are very close between my opponent and I. This tells me we are both capable candidates for this office. I have worked closely with many JP offices in the surrounding area and in other areas of the state where my game warden duties took me. I feel that I have a good working knowledge of this office. I have accumulated over 2,600 hours of continuing education with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. I hold a Master Peace Officer license and an armed security guard license. I am also a Reserve Deputy for the Runnels Co. Sheriff’s office. I ask for your vote on May 22. I have always been a hard worker and will bring this work ethic to the JP office. If you have questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to give me a call and I will be glad to visit with you."
In the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace race, David Sellars was the winner with 353 ballots cast or 64 percent of the vote to the 194 ballots cast for Buddy Jim Miller who received 35.4 percent of the vote.
Sellars will replace long time Precinct 2 JP Richard Hamilton in January.
"I am thankful to the community for their moral support, voter support, kind words, encouragement, and belief in me to perform the tasks as the next justice of the peace," Sellars said. "It is a somewhat uncomfortable thing to know and work a profession for so many decades and then to change direction and careers to pursue a different path. But one must at times leave their comfort zone and take a risk if they have a goal in mind. My goal was to become the next justice of the peace to serve Runnels County. I did not achieve this by myself as I had the support of family, friends, and numerous other folks of our community who were with me every step of the way."
All of the local candidates ran in the Republican primary and had no Democratic opponents.
Those candidates who ran unopposed and were reelected include Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard, District Clerk Tammy Burleson, County Clerk Julia Miller and County Treasurer Ann Strube.
In Runnels County, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz overwhelmingly won in a five-way race with 1,291 ballots cast for almost 90 percent of the vote.
Congressman Mike Conaway, won another term with 86.16 percent or 1,246 ballots cast in his favor against Paul Myers’ 200 ballots or 13.8 percent of the votes.
Runnels County voters overwhelmingly voted for Governor Greg Abbott following the statewide trend with 1,281 ballots cast for 90 percent of the vote against opponents SECEDE Kilgore who received 21 votes and Barbara Krueger who received 124 votes.
The lieutenant governor’s race was closer in Runnels County, with incumbent Dan Patrick receiving 809 votes to Scott Milder’s 612 votes.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who hails from Stephenville, won the primary even with two Republican opponents. In Runnels County, Miller received 59 percent of the vote with 771 ballots cast for him.
Only 1.21 percent of Runnels County voted in the Democratic Primary. In the hotly contested race for U.S. Senator, voters followed the state’s lead by casting 54.3 percent of the 81 votes for Beto O’Rourke, who will face Sen. Ted Cruz in November.
The runoff election will be held Tuesday, May 22. Early voting will be from May 14-18. The last day to register to vote is April 23 and the last day toi receive an application to vote by mail. The last day to receive an application to vote by mail (in the office) by 5 p.m. The last day to submit the ballot mail to the election office is May 22.