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Barkemeyer rolls to new term

Beathard, Orsag, Berry, Isaacs, Shuffield capture contested races


About to be re-elected County Judge Dave Barkemeyer checks results Tuesday night. 
Reporter/Mike Brown About to be re-elected County Judge Dave Barkemeyer checks results Tuesday night. Reporter/Mike Brown Same results, different circumstances.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer won another term in that post Tuesday, out-polling challenger Frank Summers 1,517-1,230 in the Milam County Republican Primary.

There’s no Democratic opponent in November.

Four years ago the same two candidates vied for the position. That time challenger Barkemeyer, a Republican, unseated three-term Democrat County Judge Summers 3,570 to 2,749 in the general election.

CONTESTS—In five other GOP contests Tuesday, the primary winner is in, facing no Democratic opposition in the fall. They are:

Precinct 3 constable—Jay Beathard, 461; Dale Keen, 201.

Precinct 3 justice of the peace—Andy Isaacs (incumbent), 383; Kim Stewart, 271.

District clerk—Karen Berry, 1,458; Margo Contreras, 1,137.

County treasurer—Donna Orsag (incumbent), 1,508; Linda Acosta, 1,142.

Precinct 2 commissioner¬≠— Donald Ray Shuffield, 371; Mike Marek, 321.

UNOPPOSED—Unopposed for nomination to county offices were:

Precinct 1 commissioner (unexpired term)—Chuck “Tank” Balch (incumbent), 800. No Democratic opponent in November.

Precinct 1 justice of the peace—Rick Gommert (incumbent), 777. No Democratic opponent in November.

Precinct 2 justice of the peace—Sam Berry (incumbent), 597. Faces Democrat Donald Schuerman in November

Precinct 4 justice of the peace— Wanda S. Hobbs, 281. Faces Democrat incumbent Gary Northcott in November.

STATE CONTESTS—Greg Abbott easily carried Milam County in his successful bid to win the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Abbott polled 2,239 votes to 62 for SECEDE Kilgore, 94 for Miriam Martinez and 127 for Lisa Fritsch.

Other contested state races:

Senator—Ken Cope, 96; Curt Cleaver, 29; Dwayne Stovall, 189; John Cornyn, 1,431; Steve Stockman, 501; Linda Vega, 139; Reid Reasor, 15; Chris Mapp, 48.

Lt. governor—Todd Staples, 679; David Dewhurst, 955; Dan Patrick, 539; Jerry Patterson, 351.

Attorney general— Barry Smitherman, 858; Dan Branch, 808 Ken Paxton, 729.

Comptroller—Debra Medina, 566; Raul Torres, 218; Glenn Hegar, 992; Harvey Hilderbran, 491.

Land commissioner— David Watts, 764; George P. Bush, 1,576.

Agriculture commissioner— Sid Miller, 656; J. Allen Carnes, 344; Eric Opiela, 191; Joe Cotten, 576; Tommy Merritt, 337.

Railroad commissioner— Malachi Boyuls, 172; Ryan Sitton, 593; Becky Berger, 530; Wayne Christian, 780.

Supreme Court, Chief Justice—Nathan Hecht, 1,273; Robert Talton, 788.

Supreme Court Justice, Place 6 (unexpired term)—Jeff Brown, 1,511; Joe Pool, 534.

Supreme Court Justice, Place 8—Sharon McCally, 824; Phil Johnson, 1,193.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3— Bert Richardson, 1,280; Barbara Walther, 722.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4— Richard Dean Davis, 880; Jani Jo Wood, 420; Kevin Patrick Yeary, 658.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9—W. C. “Bud” Kirkendall, 1,265; David Newell, 709.

UNOPPOSED—Unopposed for state office nominations were:

Congress, District 17—Bill Flores, 2,023.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7—Jeff Boyd, 1,677.

State Senator, District 5—Charles Schwertner, 2,169.

State Representative, District 20—Marsha Farney, 2,069.

Chief Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District— Jeff Rose, 1,696.

PROPOSITIONS— Milam totals for the eight propositions:

No. 1 (public prayer)— Yes, 2,571; no, 56.

No. 2 (handgun locations)— Yes, 2,257; no, 334.

No. 3 (abolish franchise tax)—Yes, 2,130; no, 355.

No. 4 (welfare drug testing)—Yes, 2,477; no, 135.

No. 5 (lawmaker rules)—Yes, 2,574; no, 37.

No. 6 (repeal Obamacare)—Yes, 2,402; no, 220.

TURNOUT—Combined Republican-Democrat turnout was 23 percent, 3,233 votters.

That included 1,434 Republicans and 191 Democrats voting early.


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