By Chris Edwards
TYLER COUNTY – Election Day on Tuesday brought an end to an exciting campaign season for the primaries with just one of the contested races.
The races for County Judge, as well as Treasurer and Commissioner Pct. 2 and Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 will all go to runoff elections in May.
In the Republican primary race for county judge, Melissa Riley received 1,612 votes over Milton Powers’s 1,555 and Richard “Kooter” Shaw, Jr.’s 815 votes. Riley will face Powers in the runoff.
The winner of the runoff will face Democratic challenger Wesley Whitman in the November General Election. The race for County Treasurer, which drew two opponents against incumbent Leann Monk is also headed to a runoff. Monk earned 1,540 votes to Elizabeth Grammer’s 925 votes and Maegan Rains Odom’s 1,354. Monk and Odom will face each other in the runoff.
Pct. 2 Commissioner Stevan Sturrock earned 372 votes over Johnny Mitcham’s 221, Doug Hughes’s 293 and Herbert Morrell’s 130.
Sturrock, the incumbent, will face Hughes in the runoff.
The race for Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace was the only race to draw a clear winner on Tuesday night’s unofficial results.
Mike Hughes received 580 votes; Michael G. Maness got 291; Richard “Trey” Grammer received 118 and Jim Kibodeaux 58.
In the race for Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace, incumbent Jim Moore received 383 votes. His challengers Henry E. Sawyer, Jr. received 370 and Jason Hicks 168.
Moore will face Sawyer in the runoff.
At the statewide level, at press time, the projected winner of the gubernatorial races were incumbent Greg Abbott and Democrat Beto O’ Rourke, who are expected to face-off in November.
Two-term incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton appeared to be headed to a runoff, with his challengers George P. Bush and Eva Guzman neck-and-neck behind him.
Congressman Louie Gohmert was trailing in fourth place.
Candidates must receive more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff election.
Of the unofficial vote numbers tallied on Tuesday night, 1,921 of those were from voters who took advantage of the early voting period to make their voices heard at the polling place.