LAMPASAS — Eleven candidates duked it out for five offices Tuesday in Lampasas County, and all but one incumbent won re-election.
Wayne Boultinghouse was re-elected as county judge. Boultinghouse, 70, received 1,463 out of 2,529 votes, or 57.8 percent, in defeating challenger Brandy Eckermann. With no Democratic challenger in November, it will be Boultinghouse’s third consecutive term as county judge.
“I’m always happy to be re-elected,” Boultinghouse said. “The next four years will be a challenge from all the stuff that’s coming from all the mandates from the state. Some of them are funded and some of them aren’t.”
Political newcomer Mark Rainwater, 45, narrowly defeated incumbent Jack Cox for the Precinct 4 county commissioner’s seat.
Rainwater received 359 votes to Cox’s 325, taking 52.4 percent of the vote.
With no challenger this fall, Rainwater will take office in January. He said he would focus on improving county roads.
In the closest race of the evening, justice of the peace for Precinct 4 and current interim justice, Greg Chapman, won out over Sharon Watson with 53.1 percent of the votes. Chapman received 434 votes to Watson’s 382.
Incumbent Lampasas County Clerk Connie Hartmann, 57, triumphed over challenger Sharon Fortner with 61.7 percent of the votes.
Hartmann has held the office for more than 30 years. A total of 1,513 out of 2,452 votes were cast in her favor.
Jim Lindeman, 51, beat out challengers Glen Gibson and Milton Kellner for Precinct 2 county commissioner.
Lindeman won with 59.7 percent of the votes, or 584 out of 977 votes cast.
Gibson came in second with 257 votes and Kellner in third with 136 votes.
All winners are unchallenged in November’s general election.