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Boyd wins Burnet County sheriff’s contest; four races in runoffs

Burnet County Judge James Oakley writes some early returns on the board during the March 1 primary watch party at Riverbend Conference Center in Marble Falls.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley writes some early returns on the board during the March 1 primary watch party at Riverbend Conference Center in Marble Falls.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — Calvin Boyd picked up his granddaughter and gave her a big hug as the final tallies came in March 1 for the Burnet County Republican primary.

Boyd won the Burnet County GOP nomination in the sheriff’s race over Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson, 5,968 to 3,242. Boyd now advances to the November general election with no Democratic challenger.

Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith did not run for re-election.

“I appreciate all the support here,” Boyd said during the Burnet County GOP watch party at Riverbend Conference Center in Marble Falls.

While Boyd won the nomination outright, several other races are now headed to runoffs May 24.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley writes some early returns on the board during the March 1 primary watch party at Riverbend Conference Center in Marble Falls.
Burnet County Judge James Oakley writes some early returns on the board during the March 1 primary watch party at Riverbend Conference Center in Marble Falls.

In the Burnet County Precinct 1 commissioner’s race, Jim Luther Jr. amassed the most votes with 1,086 but failed to get more than 50 percent. Sam Cox came in second with 1,020 votes, forcing a runoff between the two candidates. Glenn Whitworth came in third.

Billy Wall and Linvel Baker are headed for a runoff as well in the Precinct 3 commissioner’s race as the top two finishers. Wall had 920 votes, while Baker got 646. Darrell “Butch” Turner finished third.

In the Precinct 1 justice of the peace race, Roxanne Nelson and Michael Horton are headed to a runoff. Nelson got 1,094 votes to Horton’s 1,077. Lynn H. Sheffield finished third with 477.

A four-way contest for the Precinct 4 justice of the peace nomination ends with Larry Berkman (831) and Debbie Bindseil (769) in a runoff. Frank Reilly (415) finished third with Bill Worley (160) in fourth.

In other races, Leslie Ray won the Republican nomination for Precinct 1 constable over Chris Bieze. And longtime Precinct 2 Constable Jimmy Ballard held off challenger James Bryant in that race. In the Precinct 4 constable’s race, incumbent Chris Jett beat Steve Harris for the Burnet County Republican nomination.

Uncontested races included:

  • 33rd judicial district judge — Allan Garrett
  • 33rd/424th district attorney — Wiley “Sonny” McAfee
  • Burnet County attorney — Eddie Arredondo
  • Burnet County tax assessor-collector — Sheri Frazier
  • Precinct 2 constable — Garry Adams

Burnet County Republicans also passed all four of the propositions on the ballot. Go to burnetcountytexas.org for more information the elections and election process.

For statewide results, view the roundup at VoteTexas.gov.

editor@thepicayune.com