MARBLE FALLS — As the final Burnet County election results rolled in at the Riverbend Conference Center just about 10 p.m. March 4, the cheers went up, confirming what was probably known for an hour: Challenger Evan Stubbs beat incumbent Dan Mills in the 424th District judge race in the Republican primary.
“I felt pretty good about a week ago, but I sure didn’t expect this,” Stubbs said between congratulatory handshakes and hugs.
Stubbs beat Mills 8,161 to 4,252 over the four-county district, which includes Burnet, San Saba, Blanco and Llano counties. Stubbs won each of the counties.
With no Democratic challenger in the November general election, Stubbs will likely take the bench Jan. 1, 2015.
The race has been anything but easy for Stubbs, a Burnet County attorney with deep roots in both Burnet and Blanco counties.
“I’m very humbled by this, particularly to have won by this margin and all four counties,” Stubbs said.
The Republican candidate said he expected a tough race but didn’t think it would turn as nasty has it did.
“I hope with all the people that won that it sends a message the voters don’t want dirty politics,” he added.
The unofficial numbers have Stubbs winning Burnet County, 4,238-1,617; Blanco County, 1,125-532; Llano County, 2,069-1,861; and San Saba County, 729-242.