By the time the final box came in Tuesday night, District Clerk Brenda Rowe was ready to go back to work.
Rowe earned her second four-year term with 58 percent of the vote, holding off a challenge in the Republican primary from Callie Watts Manning.
Rowe polled 3,027 votes to Manning’s 2,168.
“I’m very happy, and thankful to the people for entrusting me with this honor,” she said at an election watch party at the Messenger office. “I’m grateful to have a chance to finish the job. It’s coming fast.”
Rowe’s office is under a mandate from the Texas Supreme Court to go all-electronic on records by July 1, 2015. The political campaign was a bit of a distraction, albeit a necessary one.
With no opponent on the Democratic ballot, the GOP primary win means another term for the Paradise resident.
Manning was philosophical about the defeat, noting she pulled a very respectable number of votes against the incumbent.
“Clearly, I’m disappointed, but I feel like I did a good job,” she said. “It’s hard to beat an incumbent. Congratulations to Brenda.”
Rowe polled 1,355 early votes to Manning’s 980 – virtually the same percentage as the final vote.
Surrounded by supporters, she heaved a big sigh of relief and headed home before 10 p.m.
After all, Wednesday was going to be another day in the office.