By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Joe Blacksher won the runoff election for the Precinct 1 Commissioner seat. The results were announced on Tuesday night, and he received 530 votes to Kent Gore’s 336 votes.
The election was originally scheduled for May 26, but it was postponed to July 14 due to the statewide efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. With Blacksher’s victory, he will be on the ballot in the November general election, running likely unopposed.
The current commissioner of Precinct 1, Martin Nash, announced retirement to take effect at the end of the current term he is serving.
Also in the Republican runoff, Tyler County voters supported Jay Wright for Chief Justice of the Ninth Court of Appeals over Scott Golemon, 739 to 487.
In statewide runoffs, the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate, local voters supported MJ Hegar with 115 votes to Royce West’s 86. The statewide total is not available at press time for that race, but the winner will take on the incumbent, John Cornyn, a Republican, in the general election.
The position of railroad commissioner was also contested, and county Democratic Party voters chose Roberto “Beto” Alonzo over Chrysta Castaneda by a single vote of 99 to 98.
The general election is scheduled for Nov. 3, and along with local and statewide races, voters will get to bubble in the box for U.S. President in a race between incumbent Donald Trump, a Republican; presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Libertarian Party nominee Dr. Jo Jorgensen.
These totals are unofficial until verified.