By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — For local contested races, unofficial results show that San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner has won re-election on Nov. 8, handily defeating write-in challenger Shirley Brandon 8,448 to 140.
Kim Webb won by more than 3 to 1 over Joy DeRaimo to replace retiring Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Greg Magee, 2,708 to 449.
In Shepherd, Mayor Charles Minton won re-election over Charles “Tony” Riff, 272-198, and incumbent Yvonne Cones and Susan Daniels were elected to the Shepherd City Council. Incumbent Hayden Irwin was third and missed out on re-election.
Part of San Jacinto County falls in the Willis ISD, which had five positions up for election. Kyle Hoegemeyer and Cliff Williams each won re-election, and Scott Carson was elected to Position 3, replacing Robin Sproba, who did not run. Richelle Theilen and Nikita Lagway received 57 and 58 votes, respectively, more than incumbent Christen Arnold’s 47, and will lead to a runoff.
Former Willis ISD Trustee Rebecca Broussard won her election bid over Rita Yates-Wiltz for District 7 of the Lone Star College Board of Trustees, 172-22.
A $115 million bond issue for Cleveland ISD failed in San Jacinto County 518-200 and failed overall 2,053 to 1,298.
Unopposed local candidates declared elected include:
•Ernest Bailes, State Representative District 18;
•Travis Kitchens, 258th Judicial District Judge;
•Todd Dillon, District Attorney
•Tammy Currie, District Clerk
•Dawn Wright, County Clerk
•DeeDee Adams, County Treasurer
•Donny Marrs, County Commissioner Precinct 2
•Mark Nettuno, County Commissioner Precinct 4
•Christina McGee, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1
•Harris Red Blanchette, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2
•Randy Ellisor, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3