Burns wins big

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Kevin Burns

Burns defeated challenger Johnny Wall by a vote of 1,489 to 441. Percentage wise, Burns won 77 percent of the vote to Wall’s 23 percent.

With no Democratic challenger in the November election, Burns was re-elected to serve his fifth term as commissioner.

He said he appreciated the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Wise County.

“I’m proud to represent the citizens of Precinct 2 and the entire county. I appreciate the opportunity to serve in any capacity necessary,” Burns said.

Wall also thanked the people who voted for him while complimenting his primary opponent.

“I think I knew the people of Precinct 2 were satisfied with Kevin’s work, and I knew he was going to be nearly impossible to beat, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway,” Wall said.

When early voting numbers were released just after polls closed at 7 p.m., Burns led with 79 percent of the vote, 695 to 188 (not counting mail-in ballots).

“I hope the trend continues. We shall see,” Burns said moments after seeing the numbers.

While other races in the county tightened up throughout the night, the Precinct 2 commissioner race did not as the early voting trend continued on election day.

Burns also added he wanted to thank the employees of Precinct 2 for their hard work keeping roadways as safe as possible with limited resources and his colleagues on commissioners court for their professionalism and cooperation between precincts on joint projects.

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