Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 headed for run-off; Riley wins

03/05/2014 11:35 AM

03/05/2014 11:36 AM

The final results from last week’s Primary Elections were tallied but at first glance, there were two local run-offs scheduled on the horizon.

However, according to Parker County Republican Chairwoman Zan Prince, on Sunday, Dusty Renfro withdrew his name from the run-off for Commissioner of Precinct 4 against Steve Dugan.

Prince said in spite of his withdrawal, every voting precinct will be open for both local and state run-offs.

“I received [Renfro‘s] notice to withdraw from the runoff election today,” Prince said Sunday. “Even though there is one less race for the runoff, every voting precinct will be open to give citizens the opportunity to vote in the State Board of Education and statewide races.”

So the only local run-off that will take place will be between Anne Hollis and Dusty Vinson as they square off for the position of Justice of the Peace - Precinct 3. Vinson finished on top, receiving 1,341 votes or 40.8 percent of the ballots cast, while Hollis finished a close second with 1,059 votes or 32.2 percent. Because four candidates were vying for the position, and neither Vinson nor Hollis finished with 50 percent or greater of the ballots cast, the two will go head-to-head in a run-off on May 27.

In other races, voters showed with a resounding voice that they approved of the way Parker County was heading.

Incumbent Mark Riley will serve another term as County Judge of Parker County defeating challenger Cary McKay with 61.7 percent of the vote. Total votes cast show Riley with 7,524 votes to McKay’s 4,670, or 38.3 percent.

Riley will begin his 5th term as County Judge on Jan 1, 2015.

“This election is my 12th win since starting public service in Parker County,” Riley said. “That includes two terms as Commissioner, hospital board member, primaries and four general elections with opponents.”

He said he was humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve the people of Parker County for 23 years, and “Lord willing,” 28 years.

“Our accomplishments, whether they be campaign victories, or efficient management of county business, have been possible because of the strong partnerships and support from countless friends,” he said. “I treat every win as a privilege to continue to serve.”

Jeane Brunson held on to her seat as County Clerk defeating challenger Paula Durant with 58.4 percent of the vote to Durant’s 41.6 percent. All total, Brunson received 6,821 votes cast to Durant’s 4,861.

Jenny Barnwell squeaked by challenger Dedra Vick in the race for Treasurer receiving 50.4 percent of the vote. In all, Barnwell received 5,878 votes cast to Vick’s 5,783 or 49.6 percent.

“I'm excited about the win and disappointed that more of our registered voters didn’t exercise their right to vote,” Barnwell said. “You can see from the results every vote does count.”

In the race for Justice of the Peace - Precinct 4, Lynn Johnson won taking nearly 70 percent of the votes cast, or 2,580 votes, to Bernard Suchocki 1,137 votes, or 30.5 percent of ballots cast.

For the Precinct Chairman position - Precinct 410 Kala Ash defeated Ella Bullock receiving 52.7 percent of the votes or 108 to Bullock’s 47.8 percent, or 99 votes.

Meanwhile Sondra Nelms won the Precinct Chairman - Precinct 215 position defeating Bob Holland with 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent.

Early voting for the run-off begins on May 19 with polls opening from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until May 23.

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