Veteran commissioner to face first-time candidate in county judge run-off
With all the votes in it will be a familiar face to Orange County voters versus a newcomer to politics in the May 27 run-off election for county judge.
Former Precinct 3 Commissioner John Dubose made the run-off with 2,679 votes in and 32.17 percent of the vote and Stephen Brint Carlton with 2,137 votes and 25.66 percent of the vote. Neither candidate had a majority of the vote for an outright victory in the Republican Primary. None of the Democratic Party Primary elections were contested. The other two candidates in the county judge race, Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton and Mike White ended the evening with 1,809 votes and 21.72 percent and 1,702 votes and 20.44 percent of the vote. Dubose called the win a milestone.
“I look forward to winning the run-off and serving as county judge,” he said. “I waited until Judge (Carl) Thibodeaux retired before I ran for judge.”
Dubose said he switched from being a Democrat to a Republican after most in the county changed political affiliations since he was elected to commissioners court in 2000.
“I moved to be with them. I have a job to do here and I want to work with the county employees on some cost-saving ideas. We’ve got to win this next round,” he said.
The early voting season for the run-off election will not be as long as the just completed party primary, so Dubose figures it will be more difficult for him to get out the vote.
“My immediate family helped me out and two ladies in my CPA office helped out too. Someone as late as yesterday told me I wouldn’t make the run-off and that just made me work harder,” Dubose said.
In another highly contested race in the county, Ron Cowling and Barry Burton will face one another in the run-off for Precinct 2 commissioner.
Burton received 806 votes and 34.83 percent of the vote while Cowling received 789 votes and 34.10 percent of the vote. The other two candidates, Ted Williams had 365 votes and 15.77 percent and Jason Denman had 354 votes and 15.30 percent. In other races, Dade Phelan beat Judy Nichols for the state representative, District 21 race with 4,575 votes and 59.39 percent to 3,128 votes and 40.61 percent.
Incumbent David Bradley beat Rita Ashley for the state board of education, District 7 with 3,991 votes and 55.60 percent to 3,200 votes and 44.50 percent. Incumbent Vickie Edgerly beat challenger Kay Abbott for district clerk with 5,031 votes and 63.40 percent of the vote to 2,904 votes and 36.60 percent of the vote. Joy Dubose-Simonton beat Candice Conroy Steele for justice of the peace, Precinct 3 with 1,278 votes and 56.52 percent to 983 votes and 43.48 percent. Sheila Faske was the victor for the Orange County Republican Party county chairman over Jerry Wilson with 4,473 votes and 61.41 percent and 2,811 votes and 38.59 percent.
In early voting results Dubose had 1,606 votes and 33.82 percent, Carlton had 1,197 voes and 25.21 percent, Hamilton had 1,022 votes and 21.52 percent and White had 924 votes and 19.46 percent. Burton had 501 votes and 36.95 percent, Cowling had 468 votes and 34.51 percent, Denman had 194 votes and 14.31 percent and Williams had 193 votes and 14.23 percent. Phelan had 2,544 votes and 57.96 percent while Nichols had 1,845 votes and 42.04 percent.Bradley had 2,173 votes and 52.42 percent while Ashley had 1,972 votes and 47.58 percent.
Edgerly had 2,932 votes and 64.31 percent while Abbott had 1,627 votes and 35.69 percent. Dubose-Simonton had 787 votes and 62.71 percent while Conroy Steele ahd 468 votes and 37.29 percent. Faske had 2,672 votes and 63.38 percent while Wilson had 1,544 votes and 36.62 votes.