Prosecuting attorney Rebecca DePew will be the Republican candidate for County Court-at-Law No. 3 Judge in November's general election.

DePew beat her opponent, Temple attorney Mary Black Pearson, in a close race, with 57 percent of the vote, 7,566 to 5,673, in Tuesday's Republican Primary election.

DePew, the administrative assistant district attorney, has worked as a prosecuting attorney for Bell County for 17 years.

"I'm overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support. I had a wonderful group of friends … it just shows what hard work and determination can do," DePew said.

DePew added that she was very impressed by the Pearson.

"We both worked really hard on our campaigns. But at the end of the day, the voters made their decision. I couldn't be more humbled," she said.

Mary Black Pearson has practiced law for 20 years in Bell County. She runs Pearson & Pearson law firm in Temple with her husband, Ron.

"Both candidates worked very hard on their campaigns. I have called Ms. DePew and congratulated her and wish her well. I appreciate all the support I got from friends, family and volunteers," Pearson said.

The county court-at-law judge sees a third of the county's misdemeanor criminal cases, mental commitment cases and civil cases where the amount in question is between $500 and $100,000.

DePew will face Tyffany Howard, who ran uncontested in the Democratic Party primary, for the position in November.

Howard, of Belton, has worked as a prosecutor, defense attorney and hearing attorney for eight years.

In another county race, incumbent Ted Duffield won the Republican primary for the position of Justice of the Peace of Precinct 1. He defeated challenger Lee Lingo, a probation/parole officer, with 69.6 percent of the vote, 2,223 to 971. Duffield first took office Jan. 1, 1995.

This is his 16th year as Justice of the Peace.

Duffield is unopposed in the November general election.

"I'm humbled by the people who voted for me for my fifth term. I want to continue to serve the public in Bell County. I think we do a pretty good job. A lot of people evidently believe in good, ethical government. There's a lot of people to thank for this," Duffield said.

Lingo said that he wanted to thank all of his supporters that worked on his campaign. "I couldn't ask for a better group of people," he said.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner John Fisher was unopposed for the Republican nomination for re-election to the post.

Killeen City Councilman Ernest Wilkerson was unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the seat and will challenge Fisher in November's election.

For the Justice of the Peace of Precinct 3, Place 2 in Temple, incumbent G.W. Ivey, ran uncontested in the Republican primary. He will face off against Democrat Iona Rose Maedgen, a licensed vocational nurse from Temple, in November. Maedgen was also uncontested in the primary.

Many county office-holders ran uncontested in the primaries and will not face opposition in the November elections, including the following Republican incumbents: Judge Gordon Adams of the 169th Judicial District Court, Judge Martha Trudo of the 264th Judicial District Court, County Judge John Burrows, Judge of the County Court at Law No. 1 Ed Johnson, Judge of the County Court at Law No. 2 John Mischtian, District Clerk Shelia Norman, County Clerk Shelley Coston, County Treasurer Charles E. Jones, County Commissioner of Precinct 2 Tim Brown, Justice of the Peace of Precinct 2 in Salado Donald Engleking, and Justice of the Peace of Precinct 4, Place 2 in Killeen, Bill Cooke.

Contact Jade Ortego at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at KDHcourts.

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