By Michelle Guffey
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON Temple attorneys Bob Barina and John Mischtian will have one more chance to win over Bell County voters in a runoff election for the countys Court-at-Law No. 2 judgeship.
Barina garnered the most votes in Tues-days Repub-lican primary but didnt quite achieve the 50 percent of the votes that were needed to win over Misch-tian.
Out of the 8,748 votes cast, Barina recei-ved 3,805 votes; Mischtian re-ceived 3,303; and Killeen attorney Buckley H. Major received 1,640.
Im excited to be in (the runoff), Barina said. We got support across the entire county.
Mischtian said that with three candidates running for the judgeship, he anticipated a runoff. Ill get up tomorrow morning and start over again, Mischtian said.
Presiding Judge John Barina, Bob Barinas father, announced his retirement this year, leaving a vacant seat with no pressure on the candidates from an incumbent.
Mischtian said that knowledge of the law and the justice system is not enough to be an effective judge.
Mischtian is a graduate of Temple High School, Texas Lutheran University and Baylor Law School. He is involved in the Temple Lions Club, Central Texas Network for Children with Special Needs and the Temple Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.
Barina has been practicing law for 14 years, and he is also a graduate of Temple High School, Temple Junior College, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and the University of Texas Law School.
He is licensed by the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and the Supreme Court of Texas.
Killeen attorney Buckley H. Major has practiced law for the past 28 years in San Marcos and Bell County. In 1989, he became the assistant attorney general for Texas in Bell County. In 2000, he re-entered the private sector with the Law Office of Ed L. Laughlin.
In the race for county clerk, Shelley Coston, a Belton paralegel, defeated Trudy Stuart to win the Republican primary,
Coston received 5,465 votes to Stuarts 2,711. Coston will go on to face Democrat Rosa Hernandez in the fall.
The office of county clerk has been a much anticipated race this year with the retirement of Vada Sutton, a Democrat who had held the office since 1987.
Im so excited and completely overwhelmed, Coston said. Its been a tremendous journey and hopefully well have a second win in November.
Coston is a longtime Bell County resident who graduated from Temple High School and Temple Junior College. Last year, she earned her paralegal certificate from Temple College.
She was also instrumental in helping to organize the Bell County Bar Associations Legal Assistants Division, and served from 2002 to 2004 as president. Coston is currently the administrative director to the local bar association.
In other contested county races:
n Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 incumbent Ted Duffield received 992 votes, defeating Alice Wilkins, who received 752.
n Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 incumbent Donald G. Engleking received 630 votes, defeating George Bubba Moffatt, who received 184 votes.
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