Early voting for the runoff election for the Runnels County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 race begins Monday between candidates Clay Bullock and Lane Pinckney.

Early voting for the runoff election for the Runnels County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 race begins Monday between candidates Clay Bullock and Lane Pinckney. In addition one runoff race each will be on the Republican and Democratic ballots. Early voting runs through Friday and election day is Tuesday, May 22.

On March 6, 423 ballots were cast for Bullock, which was 45.29 percent of the vote and Pinckney received 408 votes or 43.68 percent of the vote. Mike Neeley received 103 votes or 11 percent of the vote. According to the Secretary of State, a candidate must receive 51 percent of the vote in order to claim victory, therefore a runoff election was called.

The winner of the runoff election will replace long time Precinct 1 JP Glenda Wood, who did not run for reelection. The winner is set to be sworn in on Jan. 1, 2019. Voters in precincts 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be eligible to cast ballots in the runoff.

Bullock and Pinckney have run a very close race and are once again asking for voters’ support.

Bullock, a sergeant at the Runnels County Jail, has maintained throughout his campaign that he is applying for a job with Runnels County citizens.

“This election belongs to the good people of southern Runnels County,” Bullock said. “This is a job application for them to decide. I will be honored and humbled if elected.”

Pinckney, a retired game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, applauded his opponent for running “a clean race.”

“We all hear about elections where the candidates fight and bicker the whole time through their campaign, I would like to thank Mike Neeley and Clay Bullock for being the men that they are and running a clean race,” Pinckney said. “I would also like to thank everyone again who has supported me in this election. I have truly enjoyed visiting with everyone as I have been knocking on doors and asking for votes. I ask for your continued support and your vote on May 22. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve as your next Justice of the Peace.”

Early voting will begin Monday, May 14 and voters can cast ballots for in the JP election from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Runnels County Elections Office at 600 Strong Ave. Additional polling places will be set up for early voting from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, at Miles City Hall at 110 Robinson in Miles; Tuesday at the Rowena Fire Department at 504 Mary St. in Rowena and on Wednesday at the Winters Housing Authority at 300 N. Grant St. in Winters.

On the Tuesday, ballots may be cast from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the elections office at 600 Strong Ave. No other voting locations will be open and all registered voters are eligible to vote in the state runoff elections or the election for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

In state runoffs, the local Republican ballot will include a runoff for Justice, Third Court of Appeals District, Place 6 between Michael “Mike” Toth and Donna Davidson.

On the Democratic ballot in Runnels County the only runoff election on the ballot will be the one between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew White and Lupe Valdez.