BALLINGER - Runnels County elected a new Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1 on Tuesday, with Lane Pinckney receiving a majority of the vote over opponent Clay Bullock's 406 votes in the runoff election.

BALLINGER - Runnels County elected a new Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1 on Tuesday, with Lane Pinckney receiving a majority of the vote over opponent Clay Bullock’s 406 votes in the runoff election.

PInckney and Bullock have been in a very close race since the March 6 primary election.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.

Pinckney will be sworn in on Jan. 1, 2019 replacing long time Justice of the Peace Glenda Wood who did not run for re-election.

A total of 828 votes were cast in the runoff election with 450 votes tallied in early according to Runnels County Elections Administrator Shanna Smith.

Pinckney, a retired game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, has applauded Bullock throughout the campaign for running “a clean race.”

Voters in precincts 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10 cast ballots in the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace runoff.

Complete runoff election results will be published online and in the May 31 edition of the Runnels County Register.