TYLER COUNTY – Milton Powers clinched the Republican primary nod for the race for Tyler County Judge on Tuesday night, with 1,534 votes to challenger Melissa Riley’s 1,498.
Powers will face Democratic opponent Wesley Whitman in the November general election. The race for county judge was one of several that went into runoffs after the March primary.
The winner of the race will see a new face in the judge’s office for the first time in 16 years, as longtime county judge Jacques Blanchette announced his decision not to run for re-election last year.
The race for county treasurer, incumbent Leann Monk sealed the nomination for the GOP, with 1,566 votes to challenger Maegan Rains Odom’s 1,442 votes.
Monk is unopposed by a Democrat for the general election.
Incumbent Pct. 2 commissioner Stevan Sturrock earned 408 votes to challenger Doug Hughes’s 458.
One more county race, that of Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace, went to the runoff, with incumbent Jim Moore facing challenger Henry Sawyer, Jr.
Moore narrowly defeated Sawyer with 359 votes against Sawyer’s 340.
The total from early and absentee voters was 1,443 ballots cast.
All told, 3,086 voters turned out to vote in the runoff election.
In statewide races, the hotly watched runoffs for the office of attorney general and land commissioner showed challengers George P. Bush and Sarah Stogner, respectively, losing to incumbents Ken Paxton and Wayne Christian for the GOP nods.
Paxton was the projected winner at press time in a landslide with 67% of the votes Paxton will face Democratic primary winner Rochelle Garza in November.
In the Democratic runoff for Lieutenant Governor, Mike Collier was projected as the winner against Michelle Beckley with a 54.7% margin of victory.
All totals are unofficial until canvassed.