Run-off election set for Dallam County Commissioners
By Robin Scott
Voters made their way to the polls in both early voting and on Election Day and the results are in. Two contested Dallam County races and one contested Hartley County race in the Republican Primary were settled, and all Republican candidates for the November General Election are now known.
The results of Tuesday’s election include a run-off election between the top two vote-getters for Dallam County Commissioner Precinct 2. David Moore pulled in 44.39 percent of the vote, just ahead of Corey Crabtree who received 39.80 percent of the vote. Ted Zieman is out of the running having received 15.82 percent of the vote. Moore and Crabtree will go head-to-head in the April 13th run-off election.
The biggest victory in Dallam County was seen in the race for Dallam County Justice of the Peace. Incumbent candidate Judge Rita Little won the election with 73.20 percent of the vote, beating out Alicia Gomez Williams. Little noted, “I appreciate the support of the voters. I will continue to try my best to serve the citizens with the fairness that I have always strived to show. We really do appreciate their support.”
Hartley County’s one contested seat went to Robert “Butch” Owens. He won the seat of Hartley County Commissioner Precinct 2 with 52.19 percent of the vote, beating out John C. Beckman. Voters were eager to find out the results of the contested races in both counties. Owens stated, “I am very happy that the voters came out to support me and I will do my best to continue to serve them as I have in the past, and I’m happy to do so.”
Statewide, Governor Rick Perry won his bid against Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina to remain on the November ballot as the Republican candidate. Former Houston Mayor Bill White won the Democratic Primary bid for the governor’s seat. Early whisperings indicate that the two will vehemently vie for the office from now until November’s election.
Familiar names on the November ballot will include 69th District Court Judge Ron Enns, Dallam County Judge David Field and Hartley County Judge Ronnie Gordon, Dallam County District and County Clerk Terri Banks and Hartley County District and County Clerk Diane Thompson, Dallam County Treasurer Wes Ritchey and Hartley County Treasurer Dinkie Parman, Hartley County Justice of the Peace Edwyna Womble, Dallam County Commissioner Precinct 4 Floyd French and Hartley County Commissioner Precinct 2 Jim Hill. Each of the candidates ran uncontested in the primary.
Voters will elect Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner, Justices of the Supreme Court for places 3, 5 and 9, Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals for places 2, 5 and 6, Member for the State Board of Education, Justice of the 7th Court of Appeals District as well as the local official representatives in the November election.
With just eight months until the General Election, candidates across Texas are gearing up for some heated battles. The statewide races have both Republican and Democratic candidates. The Dalhart Texan congratulates all candidates who ran for local offices, and who took the time from their busy schedules to talk with voters. And to the voters of Dallam and Hartley counties, be sure to mark the calendar for the April 13th run-off in Dallam County and the November 2nd for the state’s General Election.