Brewster County voters visited the polls in good numbers to choose county commissioner candidates and to make their voices heard on important statewide positions.
Of the county’s 7,201 registered voters, 2,231 cast ballots, for about a 31% turnout. Early voting accounted for 1,218 of the total. Democratic cast 1,236 ballots, with 995 for the Republicans.
In the only contested county election, Johnny Milan bested fellow Democrat Jerry Johnson by a hair in the Commissioner Pct. 1 race. Milan garnered 145 votes to 141 for Johnson. Unless those totals change during canvassing, Milan will face Republican candidate Jim Westermann in the Nov. 3 general election.
At the federal, in perhaps the most hotly contested race of local interest, Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones handily beat four other candidates for the U.S. Rep. Dist. 23 seat being vacated by Will Hurd, garnering 66.83% of the vote district wide, and 70.83% in the county.
Spreading the vote thin with nine candidates on the Republican side, Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes will compete in a May 26 runoff. Gonzales received 28.13% of the Rep. Dist. 23 vote, and Reyes 23.35%. Candidate Alma Arredondo-Lynch received 26.23% in the county, but could only muster 13.18% in the district.
In Texas Rep. Dist. 74, to fill the seat of retiring Democratic incumbent Poncho Nevarez, Democrat Eddie Morales received 50.8% of the district-wide vote over Ramsey English Cantu and Rowland Garza. But since the number was so close to the 50% requirement, that could change after votes are canvassed within the next few days. Cantu was next in line with 27.22%. Morales also took the county with 44.5% of the vote.
On the Republican side, Ruben Falcon got the Dist. 74 win with 53.56%, although he garnered only 47.44% in the county. Robert Garza picked up 52.55% in the county, but only 46.44% in district wide.
Also at the state level, Fort Stockton attorney Ori Tucker White stepped up to oppose incumbent Sandy Wilson for 83rd District Attorney on the Republican side. He won the district-wide vote with 52.23% to Wilson’s 46.77% and, barring write-ins, will run unopposed in November.
In the county, Wilson received 69.69% of the vote to White’s 30.31%.
Results are not final until all votes have been canvassed.