Unofficial results tallied; Mail-in ballots counted, election results unchanged

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Studying the Numbers

STUDYING THE NUMBERS – Wise County Treasurer Katherine Hudson and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Danny White contemplate vote numbers Tuesday night at the Republican watch party at Fuzzy’s in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

With the last 130 mail-in ballots counted, the winners of the March Republican primary election only solidified their leads.

Three Wise County races will go to a May 22 runoff election. Kim Redman and Callie Manning advance to the runoff for Precinct 2 justice of the peace, Todd Bailey and Willie Garrett will face off again for Precinct 4 justice of the peace, and Charles Applewhite and Terry Terry will be in the runoff for Precinct 3 constable. None of the county races have a Democratic challenger, so the winners of the March primary and May runoff will take office in January 2019.

There are 21 provisional ballots and an overseas military ballot that have not been tallied in the unofficial election results, according to the Wise County Elections Office, but those will not change the outcome of the races.

Redman received 635 votes, or 31 percent of the vote, and Manning received 549, or 27 percent. The other two women in the Precinct 2 justice of the peace race, Tammy Sosa and Ashly DoByns, were within one vote – 433 for Sosa and 432 for DoByns.

Redman is the chief court clerk for Precinct 4 justice of the peace, and Manning was appointed to Precinct 2 justice of the peace when Craig Johnson resigned in August.

In the Precinct 4 justice of the peace race, Bailey received 640 votes, or 36 percent. Garrett garnered 584 votes, 33 percent. The third candidate, Buck Manoushagian, received 545 votes.

Bailey is a retired federal air marshal, and Garrett is the chief of the Lake Bridgeport Fire Department and a Wise County medic.

In a four-man race for Precinct 3 constable, Terry and Applewhite took in the highest percentage of votes. Applewhite received 454 votes, 35 percent, and Terry received 358 votes, 27 percent. Cary Mellema earned 276 votes and Tony White had 214. Both Mellema and White endorsed Applewhite for the runoff.

Applewhite has law enforcement experience and previously worked for the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Terry is the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd.

Two other contested county races were won outright. Precinct 2 County Commissioner Kevin Burns defeated challenger Johnny Wall 1,508 votes to 446. County clerk Sherry Lemon won her eighth term with 3,263 votes to challenger Julie Schooling’s 2,784.

Wise County voted heavily in favor of Pat Fallon in the State Senate District 30 race. Fallon garnered 3,779 votes in Wise to incumbent Craig Estes’ 1,392. The third candidate in the race, Craig Carter of Nocona, received 1,264 Wise County votes. Fallon handily defeated Estes across the district, 53,796 votes to 19,614. Fallon, a businessman and former state representative, will face Democrat challenger Kevin Lopez, a firefighter and Bridgeport city councilman, in the November general election.

Local Davey Edwards, running for Texas land commissioner, received 1,566 votes in Wise County. Incumbent George P. Bush won the race in Wise with 3,647 and statewide with 58 percent of the vote. Edwards received 101,074 votes, or 7 percent, statewide.

Gov. Greg Abbott, facing two challengers, received the most votes of any candidate on the ballot in Wise County with 6,299, or 93 percent of the vote. He won statewide with 90 percent of the vote.

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