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Redman, Manning headed for runoff

By Racey Burden | Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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FAMILY CELEBRATION – Kim Redman holds her granddaughter, Sailor Redman, Tuesday night at an election watch party. Redman is in a runoff with Callie Manning for Precinct 2 justice of the peace. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

In a four-woman race for Precinct 2 justice of the peace, Kim Redman and Callie Manning came out on top. They’ll face each other again in the May 22 runoff election.

Redman received 630 votes, or 31 percent, Tuesday night. Manning came in at 27 percent with 542 votes. Any race where one candidate doesn’t receive 51 percent of the vote goes to a runoff. Redman and Manning were also running in the primary against Ashly DoByns and Tammy Sosa, who garnered 429 and 428 votes, respectively. The Wise County Elections Administration reported 130 outstanding mail-in ballots.

Redman, the chief court clerk for the Precinct 4 justice of the peace office, said the campaign has brought her out of her comfort zone.

“I’m feeling really blessed,” Redman said after the results came in. “My husband and I prayed about it before all this started, and we decided it was the right direction to head in. I just have to get out now and work hard and get more votes out there.”

Manning is currently the Precinct 2 justice of the peace. She was appointed to the post in August 2017 after Craig Johnson resigned to join the sheriff’s office.

“I’m feeling pretty good right now,” Manning said on election night. “I’m excited. I was a little nervous all night. It was too close for me. But we all knew there was going to be a runoff.

“I want to thank everyone who voted for me and ask for their continued support. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.”

DoByns and Sosa did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday night.

Early voting for the runoff starts May 14.

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