Greene gets new term in runoff

Big Cameron turnout helps incumbent roll
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Sheriff David Greene (R) checks out Rockdale box returns Tuesday in Cameron as Ward Roddam looks on. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Sheriff David Greene (R) checks out Rockdale box returns Tuesday in Cameron as Ward Roddam looks on. Reporter/Mike Brown Sheriff David Greene rolled to a new term Tuesday in a Republican Primary runoff election ending what was probably the longest single Milam County primary contest ever.

Greene polled 1,560 votes to 1,177 for challenger Greg Kouba to win the GOP nomination. That’s a 57-percent to 43-percent spread.

There is no Democratic sheriff candidate on the Milam County general election ballot.

Total turnout was 20.7 percent, —both parties, there were five Republican and one Democrat state races—representing 2,929 of Milam County’s 14,145 registered voters.

That’s an impressive total for a runoff election in midsummer, more than double the statewide turnout of 10.2 percent

RACE—Milam County’s 11 voting precincts were consolidated into four locations for the runoff. Greene carried three of the four and lost the other by one vote.

The incumbent carried the Rockdale box (Rockdale VFD) 338 to 283.

He won both Cameron boxes handily, 609-362 at the Milam County Courthouse and 393- 311 at the Cameron Community Center.

Kouba carried the box at Thorndale Firemen’s Hall 221 to 220.

This is the third time Greene and Kouba have faced each other in a Milam sheriff’s election.

In 2008, the two squared off in a three-man race in the Democratic Primary.

Greene won that contest without a runoff, polling 2,649 votes to 2,147 for Kouba. Tommy Farr, the third man in the race, drew 270.

In this year’s May GOP primary Greene polled 1,562 votes (49 percent) just missing an outright win without a runoff.

Kouba drew 1,063 (33 percent) and Herbie Vaughn polled 561 (18 percent) and was eliminated from the race.

EARLY VOTING—Early voting totals gave a hint of the large runoff turnout.

When early voting ended Friday afternoon, 1,621 had cast ballots in the GOP Primary and 88 in the Democratic runoff.

More votes were cast early than on Tuesday.

The primary race actually went on for more than one year. Both Greene and Kouba filed for sheriff on Nov. 28, 2011, the first day to officially seek the office, but each had designated treasurers for their upcoming campaigns by summer, 2011.

The 2012 political year in Texas, of course was extended due to a redistricting legal battle which reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

The primary vote was originally scheduled for March 6 but was pushed back several times, awaiting court rulings.

When it was finally held May 29, Greene just missed winning the race outright, polling 1,562 votes (49 percent) to 1,063 (33 percent) for Kouba and 561 (18 percent) for Herbie Vaughan, who was eliminated.

CRUZ WINS—Milam GOP voters declined to join in the big night for former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz who defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for the GOP nomination to replace retiring U. S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Dewhurst easily carried Milam County, polling 1,575 votes to 938 for Cruz.

Cruz will face former state representative Paul Sadler in November. Sadler won the Democratic nomination Tuesday, out-polling retired educator Grady Yarbrough.

Sadler carried Milam County with 114 votes Tuesday while Yarbrough polled 53.

TOTALS—Runoff vote totals for other Milam GOP primary races were as follows:

Railroad commissioner— Warren Chisum, 974; Christi Craddick, 1,216.

Railroad commissioner, unexpired term—Barry Smitherman, 1,466; Greg Parker, 657.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4—David Medina, 1,272; John Devine, 818.

Member, State Board of Education, District 10— Tom Maynard, 1,126; Rebecca Osbourne, 1,038.

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