By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Tuesday brought a conclusion to the 2018 midterms. For Tyler County voters, their turnout went along with a statewide and national trend.
This election saw record numbers of voters casting their ballots for the two weeks of early voting with 3,942 voters getting to the polls. In all, 7,149 voters were tallied in Tuesday’s unofficial results.
In statewide races, Tyler Countians voted overwhelmingly Republican. The senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke was one of the most watched races in the country with O’Rourke mounting a grassroots campaign against Cruz and winning February’s Democratic Party primary. The race was projected as a Cruz victory at press time, while Tyler Countians supported Cruz with 5,883 votes to O’Rourke’s 1,188 and Libertarian Neal Dikeman received 39 votes.
Brian Babin, who represents Texas House District 36 in Congress defeated Democrat challenger Dayna Steele, and carried Tyler County with 6,027 votes to Steele’s 1,050.
Governor Greg Abbott won his bid for re-election against Democratic opponent Lupe Valdez and Libertarian challenger Mark Jay Tippetts. Abbott received 6,041 votes in Tyler County to Valdez’s 975 and Tippetts’
Another closely watched race was the battle for Lieutenant Governor. Incumbent Dan Patrick, Republican, was projected to win at press time against Mike Collier, a Democrat. In Tyler County, Patrick received 5,587 votes to Collier’s 1,312. Libertarian challenger Kerry Douglas McKennon got 113 votes.
Incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton were virtually tied at press time, however Tyler Countians voted to re-elect Paxton with 5,673 votes over his Democratic challenger Justin Nelson with 1,222 votes and Libertarian Michael Ray Harris with 116.
State Rep. James White of Hillister, who represents the county as part of Texas House District 19, won over his Democratic challenger Sherry Williams and notched 6,054 Tyler Countians’ votes to Williams’s 985.
In local races, Paula Jones won the position of Mayor of the City of Woodville with 226 votes to Mike Maness ’s 198 and Barbara James Smith’s 188. Robert A. “Tony” Greer won a seat on the Woodville City Council with 343 votes to Lee P. Mann’s 246.
Greg Stewart won his bid for the Woodville ISD Board of Trustees with 893 votes ahead of challengers Tony Castillo with 747 and Ben Shepherd wit 411.
The Colmesneil ISD Board of Trustees race saw Twyla Darder receive 458 votes over Jim Carlton’s 364, Bo Bendy’s 354 and Tina L. Cleberg’s 144 votes.
C.L. “Buck” Hudson won the Precinct 4 Commissioner spot with 1,139 votes to Lavoy Eason’s 504.
In another Tyler County race, the Ivanhoe Bond Issue, which budgets $2 million for road repairs in the city, 318 votes were tallied for the measure while 236 voted against it.