Due to some tight primary races Tuesday, runoff elections will be held May 22 for Coryell County judge, district clerk and county treasurer.
With no Democrats on the ballot in November, the winners will take office in January.
In the county judge race, none of the six candidates received 50 percent of the vote in a very close race.
Janice Gray had 1,135 votes or 23.22 percent and will face a runoff against Roger Miller, who had 1,105 votes or 22.6 percent.
Bob Harrell had 1,080 votes or 22.09 percent, falling just short of Miller, and will miss the runoff.
The other three candidates — John Derrick, Alan Mathis and Wayne Avery — fell far short of those numbers.
Another runoff will take place in the district clerk race. Becky Moore achieved 48.55 percent or 2,270 votes and will run against Jeremy Pruitt, who had 24.66 percent or 1,153 votes.
The other two candidates in that race, Kelly Caldwell Bragewitz and Joey Acfalle, were eliminated after not receiving sufficient votes.
The third runoff election will be for county treasurer. Randi McFarlin received 1,749 votes, or 38.04 percent of the total. Cindy Hitt came in a close second, with 35.82 percent, or 1,647 votes.
Other races had more clear-cut winners.
Two county commissioner races pitted the incumbents against a challenger. In Precinct 2, incumbent Daren Moore received over 55 percent of votes to defeat Scott Weddle. Moore is a graduate of Gatesville High School with an associate degree. He previously served as a Gatesville councilman and mayor.
He is a funeral director at Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville and is co-owner and operator of Scott’s Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. This will be his fourth term as a county commissioner.
In Precinct 4, incumbent Ray Ashby received nearly 64 percent of votes, winning over Keith Taylor. Ashby is a married father of five, with five grandchildren. He was an educator at Gatesville High School. This will be his first full term, after serving the remainder of Justin Latham’s term when Latham was appointed county road and bridge administrator.
Three newcomers filed to replace outgoing Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Beverly Jones.
Jim Caldwell earned over 52 percent of the vote, to take the bench in 2019, defeating Gary Stiles and Doran Belknap Jr.
Caldwell’s diverse background includes working as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a civil servant at Fort Hood, a farm hand, construction worker and truck driver. He currently serves as the chairman of the training advisory board of the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office.
In the unchallenged races, Grant Kinsey remains as district judge, 440th Judicial District.
John R. Lee will retain his seat as judge, county court-at-law.
Barbara Simpson will continue as county clerk.
Three justices of the peace will also retain their office: John B. Guinn, Precinct 1; F.W. “Bill” Price, Precinct 2; and Coy Latham, Precinct 4.
Because all the Coryell County candidates were Republicans, voting in November’s general election will be a mere formality to confirm their status.
A total of 5,040 voters cast their ballots for candidates throughout the county.