Ham, Parrack to meet in runoff in constable's race

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
C.T. Ham walks through a room at the Adams Street Community Center.

Brown Count Precinct 3 Constable C.T. Ham of Blanket knows what it's like to lose a close election.

After Tuesday, he knows what it's like to finish in first place following an extremely close election in a three-way race.

Ham finished just one vote ahead of second-place challenger Roy Parrack in Tuesday's Brown County Republican Party Primary, and the the two will meet in a May 27 runoff election.

Ham received 632 votes, or 35.95 percent, accord to the unofficial count from Brown County Election Administrator Suzy Young's office. Jason Cockerham finished third, with 495 votes, or 28.16 percent.

"I surely appreciate everybody's vote," Ham said by phone, adding that now he needs voters to "come back and vote for me in the runoff."

Ham said he hadn't know which way Tuesday's election would go. "I think I've got a chance to win it," Ham said of the runoff.

Parrack said, speaking at an election watch party at the Early Chamber of Commerce, told his supports "I appreciate all of  you."

When asked his strategy for the runoff, Parrack said,"we're just going to have to get our people together and go at it just like we did this time and hope we have the numbers."

Parrack said Ham and Cockerham had run good races. "It's been a good clean race and we went into this as friends, and we're going to go out as friends, whenever it's all said and done," Parrack said.