The November 8 election was historic in many ways, not the least of which was the number of votes cast in Runnels County. According to the final election returns, 3,990 votes were cast of the 6,681 registered voters in the county, which means 66 percent of the voters cast ballots in the election.
The November 8 election was historic in many ways, not the least of which was the number of votes cast in Runnels County. According to the final election returns, 3,990 votes were cast of the 6,012 registered voters in the county, which means 66 percent of the voters cast ballots in the election.
Some votes are still out in Runnels County, and are currently under review by the county election registrar, according to County Clerk Julia Miller.
There are currently 49 provisional votes under review, and most will have no effect on the outcome of the Nov. 8 election, except for one race for the Ballinger City Council Single Member District 3 position in which Bob McDaniel currently holds a one vote lead over incumbent Jolene McBurney. There are nine provisional votes out on this race and could change the outcome, Miller said.
At press time, the provisional votes that were still out, had not been verified. All of the votes must be canvassed by Tuesday, Miller said.
There were several races that were decided in the March Primary election and those officially elected to office for Runnels County including Sheriff Carl Squyres, County Attorney Ken Slimp, 119th District Judge Ben Woodward, 119th District Attorney John Best, Tax Assessor Collector Robin Burgess, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Robert Moore, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Roy Mints, Precinct 1 Constable Wayne Poehls and Precinct 2 Constable Archie Jobe.
All candidates will be sworn in on Jan. 1, 2017.
In the SMD 4 race for Ballinger City Council, incumbent Eloyed Fuentes received the majority of 125 votes, with challenger Landy Cason receiving 79 votes and Daniel Fisher Sr. receiving 95 votes.
“I want to thank everyone who came out and voted,” Fuentes said. “A big thank you to all who supported me with their encouraging words and votes. It is a privilege to be able to serve another term on city counsel for the town of Ballinger. I look forward to getting to work and continue serving the people of this great little town in Texas,” Fuentes said.
For the Ballinger Independent School District Board of Trustees SMD 7 seat, incumbent Mike Riley was defeated by Cheryl Buchanan, with Riley receiving 109 votes to Buchanan's 131 votes.
Buchanan said she was honored to be elected.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the school board,” Buchanan said. “I appreciate and thank Mr. Riley for his dedication to Ballinger ISD. I would like to thank everyone for their support and I will do my best for the students of Ballinger.”
Riley, who has been on the school board for the past 18 years, thanked the community for their support over the years.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported me spiritually, emotionally and physically during this election,” Riley said. “I truly appreciate it very much. The last 18 years have been a blessing and a joy, and I will greatly miss serving on it. To be a member of the board of trustees, one must have a passion for young people and their education. I felt that passion was part of my life. I thank God for my experiences on the board and look forward to hearing great things accomplished for our district.”
There were four incumbents and one challenger running for four seats on the Ballinger Memorial Hospital District Board. The top four vote recipients won the seats in this race. Incumbents Ben Clayton received 926 votes, David Cowart received 822 votes, Deborah Mattingley received 704 votes and challenger Sandra Clack received 638 votes. Incumbent Brenda Joyce Waterfill received 548 votes and was defeated.
Cowart thanked the constituents for their votes.
"I wish to thank everyone who voted and promise to represent their interests to the best of my ability; to strive for improvement in the services the hospital provides to the residents of the district," Cowart said.
“I would like to thank the community for coming out to vote,” Mattingley said. “We will continue our mission to provide the area with quality medical care.”
Clack, the newest member of the board, also thanked the voters.
“I am extending a sincere thank you to everyone who voted for me for Ballinger Memorial Hospital Board of Directors,” Clack said. “I will do my best to support the hospital, clinic, pharmacy and all the residents they serve to the best of my ability.”