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Jones defeats Engler in race for Llano County commissioner

LLANO —  International financier Peter Jones defeated Horseshoe Bay POA general manager Tom Engler by 87 votes July 31 in a close runoff race for the Llano County Precinct 1 commissioner’s seat, officials said.

The results are based on preliminary runoff results reported by the Llano County elections administrator.

Engler, 65, and Jones, 64, both of Horseshoe Bay, are Republicans. No Democrats are running, so the winner has sealed the win in the November general election.

According to the results, Jones won 52 percent, or 817 votes, to Engler’s 47 percent, or 730 votes.

Jones was unavailable for comment.

His past experience includes international financing and dealing with regulation and compliance in the insurance and pension industry in the United States, Canada and China.

Engler was down by 62 votes when early voting results were unveiled and apparently could not make up the difference. During the campaign, he cited his leadership role in the property owners’ association as one reason he wanted to continue helping the public.

“They did a better job of getting out the voters than we did. I wish him (Jones) the best, and I hope he takes care of Precinct 1,” said Engler, a former Marine who worked for Amoco Oil Co. for 25 years. “The people have voted. I still have a lot to do with the POA. We’ll wake up tomorrow and still live in the best place in the world.”

During the May 29 GOP primary, Jones received 35.44 percent, or 584 votes; Engler garnered 26.15 percent, or 431 votes; Clayton Leverett received 26.03 percent, or 429 votes; and Jerry Campbell tallied 12.3 percent, or 204 votes.

A candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to secure the nomination or election officials call for a runoff.

The two candidates named fiscal responsibility, maintaining a balanced budget and a low property-tax rate as the top election issues in Llano County.

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