Incumbents re-elected in local primary

Ruben Cantu-Rodriguez

BALLINGER– All incumbents were re-elected in the Runnels County contested races after the March 4 Republican Primary unofficial results were released Tuesday night. In the only contested race were there was not an incumbent participating, County Judge Assistant Julia Miller defeated Assistant County Clerk Amanda Collom for Runnels County Clerk.

Miller will be replacing retiring County Clerk Elesa Ocker, who has been in office since 1998. 

After the ballots were tallied Miller had a total of 913 votes, gathering a 54.3 percent of the 1,680 votes casted, while Amanda Collom received 767 votes, 45.7 percent.

In the race for County Commissioner Pct. No. 2 incumbent Ronald Presley got 243 votes (64.5 percent) by 134 (35.5 percent) of the challenger Dickie Clough.

Running for re-election Pct. 4 County Commissioner Ricky Strube defeated the challenger Romer Scott. Strube received 486 votes totaling 82.9 percent by 100 (17.1 percent) votes casted for Scott.

Both of the Runnels Co. Justices of the Peace ran in contested races. Precint No. 1 Judge Glenda Wood got 761 votes (67.9 percent) by 359 ( 32.1 percent) of challenger Steven Gray. In the Pct. No. 2 race Judge Richard Hamilton got 442 votes (78.4 percent) vs. 122 (32.1 percent) casted for challenger Louise Sumners.

Other local officials running unopposed on the Republican ballot were County Judge Barry Hilliard, District Clerk Tammy Burleson, County Treasurer Ann Strube, and Republican County Chairman Charles Hensley.

There were no candidates running for local elections in the Democratic Primary in Runnels Co.

Statewide in the Republican Primary and Democratic Primary were also up for election the tickets for Governor, U.S. Senator, District 11 U.S. Representative, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, District 72 State Representative, Agriculture Commissioner, Comptroller of Public Accounts and more.