By Sarah Chacko

Killeen Daily Herald

Sheriff Dan Smith will be adding another four more years to his 20-year run as Bell County Sheriff.

After winning over Dennis Krcha with 82 percent of the more than 58,000 precinct votes, Smith said he felt elated, grateful and very humble.

This marginal victory really reflects on the staff of the sheriffs office, Smith said. This is their victory.

Smith, who has served three years as a uniformed patrol officer, two years as a detective, and six years as a Bell County senior investigator, first took office in 1985.

His platform stands on three major points: experience, a proven record and a commitment to safety.

Smith said that during his next term he will be looking at the jail issue, which he sees as a huge unresolved problem.

Krcha, a 19-year veteran of law enforcement, ran a close race against Smith for sheriff in 1996, losing by about 4 percentage points.

In other Bell County races, Republican Eddy Lange won over Democrat Lonnie E. Glenn for the Precinct 3 commissioners seat with 66 percent of more than 19,000 precinct votes.

In eastern Bell County, Republican David Barfield took the Precinct 3, Place 1 Justice of the Peace position over Democrat David Joseph Trojan Sr. with nearly 68 percent of more than 21,000 precinct votes.

The following candidates were unopposed winners for Bell County posts:

n Place 3 Supreme Court Justice, Republican Harriet ONeill

n Place 5 Supreme Court Justice, Republican Paul Green

n District 24 State Senator, Republican Troy Fraser

n 27th Judicial District Judge, Republican Joe Carroll

n 146th Judicial District Judge, Republican Rick Morris

n 27th Judicial District Attorney, Republican Henry Garza.

The following uncontested candidates were declared elected:

n County Attorney, Republican Rick Miller

n County Tax Assessor-Collector, Republican Sharon Long

n Precinct 1 Commissioner, Republican Richard Cortese

n Precinct 4, Place 1 Justice of the Peace, Republican Garland Potvin

n Precinct 1 Constable, Republican Luis Cortez

n Precinct 2 Constable, Republican Roger D. Laird

n Precinct 3 Constable, Republican Bill Hartwell

n Precinct 4 Constable, Republican Edd Melton III.

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