By Michelle Guffey

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON The Bell County Republican Party on Thursday announced the canvassing of the March 7 Republican primary election, but the totals are subject to change when votes mailed from overseas are counted Monday.

Nancy Boston, party chairman, told the group that the committee had doubled-checked the vote counts and 9,873 people voted.

Elections Clerk Lindsay Clark will count the overseas votes at 5 p.m. Monday at the county clerks office, Boston said.

Ballots had to be mailed by March 7 to be considered.

The only race where the mailed-in ballots might cause a runoff is the Precinct 4 County Commissioners race between incumbent John Fisher and second-place finisher Killeen Mayor Maureen Jouett. Currently, a difference of six votes is the deciding factor.

If the count stands, Fisher will run unopposed in the fall election.

Fisher received 912 votes, or 50.3 percent of the total; Jouett received 527; and Doyle Dickens received 373. If Fisher falls below the 50 percent threshold, a runoff with Jouett will be necessary.

A runoff will take place between Temple attorneys Bob Barina and John Mischtian for county Court-at-Law No. 2 judgeship on April 11.

Both attorneys drew for their place on the ballot Thursday.

Barina will be first and Mischtian second.

Barina received 3,807 votes; Mischtian received 3,303; and Buckley Major received 1,640.

For county judge, incumbent Jon Burrows received 5,943 votes and Belton attorney John Galligan received 3,223.

In the race for county clerk, Shelley Coston received 5,467 votes and Trudy Stuart received 2,711. Coston will go on to face Democrat Rosa Hernandez.

For Precinct 2 County Commissioner, incumbent Tim Brown received 1,464 votes and Richard Young, a Killeen city councilman, received 1,234 votes.

Brown is running against Democrat Brit Owens in the fall.

In the District 54 state House race, Jimmie Don Aycock received 1,284 votes, Dan Corbin received 936 votes, Dale Hopkins received 248 votes and Hans Dersch received 101.

Aycock and Hopkins, who finished as the top two vote-getters districtwide, will face off in an April 11 runoff.

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