Brewster County voters flocked to the polls on Nov. 3, turning out in what some say may be record numbers, and Texas remained red as Republicans dominated the state’s 2020 election.
Out of 7,556 registered voters in the county, 4,833 cast ballots, for a 63.96% percent turnout, with results largely favoring the Republican candidates.
Closest to home, Independent write-in candidate Will Drawe challenged Democratic incumbent Ronny Dodson for the sheriff position. With 85.77% of the vote, Dodson handily bested Drawe, who took 14.22%.
Dodson later told the Avalanche, “I’m very pleased with the outcome and that voters weren’t influenced by negative Facebook comments. Campaigning was rough because of COVID and illness in my family, but we came out on top.”
Alpine businessman Republican Jim Westermann and Democrat Johnny Milan faced off for the Commissioner, Pct. 1, seat, and Westermann came out on top with 63.75%, to 36.25% for Milan.
Westermann later said, “Thank you to the voters in Pct. 1 who cast their votes for me. I look forward to working for all of Pct. 1 in January.”
In other races of local interest, for the U.S. Rep., Dist. 23, seat being vacated by Will Hurd, Republican Tony Gonzales bested Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones in the district, winning 50.66% of the vote, to 46.51% for Jones. In the county Gonzales won with 51.41%, to 48.58% for Jones.
At the state level, State Senator, Dist. 19, incumbent Republican Peter P. “Pete” Flores bested Democrat Roland Gutierrez in the county, taking 52.36% of the vote to 43.8% for Gutierrez. But Gutierrez prevailed in the district with 49.86%, to 46.57% for Flores.
For State Rep., Dist. 74, Republican Ruben Falcon came out ahead of Democrat Eddie Morales in the county, with 51.43% of voters choosing him over Morales at 48.57%. However, district-wide, Morales took the seat with 54.1% to 45.9% for Falcon.
At the federal level, incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn earned 53.77% of the vote to hold his seat against Democrat challenger MJ Hegar, who mustered 43.61%.
As of press time, in the bitterly contested race for U.S. president, incumbent Republican Donald Trump won Brewster County and Texas, taking 52.13% in the county and 52.31% statewide. Challenger Democrat Joe Biden garnered 47.87% in the county, and 46.27% statewide.
On Wednesday morning, nationwide, numbers were still too close to call the race for either side.
For complete county election results, visit brewstercountytx.com, and click on Election UnofficialResults Report 2020 November 3.
In the City of Alpine municipal election, postponed by coronavirus fears from its official May 2 date, in the only contested position, challenger Martin Sandate defeated incumbent Lucy Escovedo for the Ward 4 seat. Sandate garnered 182 votes to 155 for Escovedo.
Incumbent Mayor Andy Ramos ran unopposed, and will serve his third term.
In Ward 2, Chris Rodriguez earned the seat unopposed.
All results are unofficial until the votes are canvassed.