Oakley, Russell in runoff for Burnet County judge; other GOP races decided

FROM STAFF REPORTS

James Oakley (center) reaches out to shake a hand during the Republican primary watch party March 4 at Riverbend Conference Center. Oakley ran in a three-way race for the party's nomination for Burnet County judge. Though he garnered the most votes, it wasn't enough to win the nomination outright, and he will face Marble Falls Mayor George Russell in a runoff in May. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

James Oakley (center) reaches out to shake a hand during the Republican primary watch party March 4 at Riverbend Conference Center. Staff photos by Daniel Clifton

BURNET — A three-way race for the Burnet County judge Republican nomination is now down to two after the March 4 primaries.

Former Burnet County Commissioner James Oakley will face current Marble Falls Mayor George Russell in a future runoff after they were the top two vote getters in the race for the Republican nomination.

Oakley earned the most votes with 2,816 followed by Russell with 1,709. Former Burnet County Republican chair Linda Rogers finished third with 1,385 votes.

Since none of the candidates ended up with more than 50 percent of the votes, the top two head for a runoff. Oakley managed 47.6 percent.

According to the Burnet County Elections Office, the runoff is May 27.

Donna Wilcox (center) celebrates with her husband, Brad (left), and former Burnet County Judge Dave Kithil after voters selected her as Burnet County Republican chair during the March 4 primary.

Donna Wilcox (center) celebrates with her husband, Brad (left), and former Burnet County Judge Dave Kithil after voters selected her as Burnet County Republican chair during the March 4 primary.

In other Burnet County contested races in the Republican primary, Linda Bayless defeated Natalie Bennet for the County Court at Law judge nomination; incumbent Casie Walker held off challenger Lisa Hopkins Bell in the district clerk race; and incumbent Russell Graeter beat Tom Stephens for the Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner race.

Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd beat challenger Michael Horton, 1,087-569.

And in the race for the Republican County chair spot, Donna Holland Wilcox beat Jane Marie Hurst, 3,601-1,825.

In the Republican race for the Precinct 4 chair, Kevin Naumann beat Kerry Spradley while Gloria C. Blanton beat Lenwood Nelson for the Precinct 19 Republican chair seat.

Go to www.burnetcountytexas.org and click on the Elections department for a complete breakdown of the results.

There were no Democrats in the local races.

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