Runoff ahead in district clerk's race

Thom Hanrahan Brownwood Bulletin Editor
Brenda Arp, candidate for District Clerk smiles as early results come in Tuesday evening at an election returns event in Early.

Two of the three candidates in for Brown County district clerk have one more race to run.

“That’s all right,” said Cheryl Jones, the top vote getter in Tuesday’s primary election for the post.

Jones will face Brenda Arp in a May 27 runoff for the Republican nomination. Since no Democratic candidate filed for the office, the winner of that race will become the next district clerk.

Jones earned 2,616 votes, which was good for 45.31 percent of the vote. Arp drew 2,007 votes, which constituted 34.77 percent of ballots cast.

“I am thrilled beyond words,” Jones said after the vote. “I am overwhelmed by the support that I had, and very blessed.”

Jones said that although another race and election is ahead in May, she couldn’t have gotten this far without help from friends, family and faith.

“The entire journey of this race has been amazing to me,” she said. “There have been several miracles along the way.

“(God) has revealed so many little miracles.”

Jones also recognized the voters for all candidates.

“Whether they supported me or not, they supported the community,” she said. “I am just so thrilled about that.

“And I am very thankful to each and every voter that did believe in me and did support me.”

Jones said her message is simple for the voters who will decide in May where she or Arp will hold the office.

“I feel like I have the maturity and the experience and integrity to lead the office into the future,” she said. “I just hope that come May 27 the voters will keep that in mind and vote for me as the next district clerk.”

Arp, who attended an election results event at the Early Chamber of Commerce, said her strategy leading up to May is also a simple one.

“Go out there and get more votes,” she said. “And campaign. I will campaign and campaign and campaign.”

Arp also said that she is grateful for those around her as she prepares for the next step towards election.

“I have a great support group and we try to get out there and do what we can,” she said.

Like Jones, Arp acknowledged all the voters that participated in the primary process.

“I want to thank everyone in Brown County,” she said. “That was a really tough race between me and Cheryl.

“She ran a really good campaign and we will have to see how it turns out. It is up to Brown County as to who they want as their next district clerk.”

The race’s third candidate, Sheena Cantwell, received, 1,150 total votes Tuesday, which earned her 19.92 percent of the vote.