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Thompson gets re-elected by wide margin
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON — County Judge John Thompson won the Republican Party nomination with 3,700 votes, 73 percent, to challenger Kathie Freeman’s 1,371 Tuesday night, guaranteeing him another four years in office. “Thank you, Polk County. Now let’s get back to work,” Thompson said after early returns showed him significantly ahead. Voters in Polk County Precinct 4 also gave the Republican nomination to Justice of the Peace Steve McEntyre with 903 votes (65 percent) to 256 from challenger James R. “Bobby” Brame and 224 for Nicholas Baskin. McEntyre will face Democrat Wesley R. “Randy” Brown in the November General Election. McEntyre expressed his deep appreciation for supporters taking the time to exercise their right to vote. With the possibility of a runoff in April out of the picture, McEntyre said he will have more time to focus on his duties serving the people of Precinct 4. While Polk County voters favored former Houston Mayor Bill White in the Democratic Party Primary, local Republicans gave incumbent Rick Perry their stamp of approval in Tuesday’s governor race. Several local officials are unopposed and will be sworn in to new terms on Jan. 1, 2011. District Judge Elizabeth Coker, District Clerk Kathy Clifton, District Attorney William Lee Hon, County Court at Law Judge Stephen Phillips, County Clerk Schelana Walker, County Treasurer Nola Reneau, Pct. 1. Justice of the Peace Darrell Longino, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace David Johnson, Pct. 3 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent and Pct. 4 Commission Tommy Overstreet will all begin new terms next year. Benny Fogleman is unopposed for another term as County Chairman for the Republican Party. Travis Jackson will be the new County Chairman for Democrats. Current Chairman Sharon Teal did not seek re-election. Unofficial local results from the Secretary of State’s office showed White was by far the leading candidate from among a crowded field of seven contenders for the governor’s nomination. White ran away with the contest with 72.67 percent of the party’s vote statewide. In Polk County, White lead the pack with 908 votes (89.81 percent) while Farouk Shami finished in a distant second with 51 (5.04 percent) votes. Other candidates and their local vote totals included Alma Ludivina Aguado with 16 votes, Felix Rodriguez Alvarado with 11 votes, Bill Dear with 7 votes, Clement E. Glenn with 10 votes and Star Locke with 8 votes. Although the field of candidates for governor was less crowded on the Republican side, incumbent Gov. Rick Perry appeared to headed to the Nov. 2 general election without a runoff. Perry received 51.08 percent of statewide votes with 99.98 percent of the votes counted. Kay Bailey Hutchison received 30.32 percent of statewide votes and Debra Medina received 18.58 percent. Locally, Perry received 2,583 votes (49.72 percent) with Hutchison receiving 1,788 votes and Medina receiving 824 Polk County votes. Other statewide races … LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: On the Democratic side, Linda Chavez-Thompson will head to the Nov. 2 general election without a runnoff with 53.09 percent of the statewide vote and 43.91 percent of the local vote. Locally, she received 379 votes. On the Republican side, incumbent David Dewhurst was unopposed and received 3,879 votes. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Barbara Ann Radnofsky was unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot and received 727 votes while incumbent Greg Abbot was unopposed on the Republican ballot. He received 3,904 local votes. STATE COMPTROLLER: Incumbent Susan Combs was unopposed in the Republican primary and no Democratic candidate filed for the office. Locally, 3,841 votes were cast. LAND COMMISSIONER: Bill Burton and Hector Uribe appeared on the Democratic ballot with Burton receiving 48.36 percent of the votes statewide and Uribe receiving 51.63 percent of votes. Locally, Burton received 626 votes and Uribe received 197 votes. On the Republican ballot, incumbent Jerry Patterson was unopposed and received 5,638 votes. A G R I C U L T U R E COMMISSIONER: On the Democratic ballot, Hank Gilbert led the statewide race with 52.32 percent of votes compared to Richard ‘Kinky’ Friedman receiving 47.67 percent of votes. Locally, Gilbert received 469 votes compared to Friedman’s 444 votes. On the Republican ballot, incumbent Todd Staples was unopposed and received 3,919 votes in Polk County, R A I L R O A D COMMISSIONER: In the Republican primary, incumbent Victor Carrilla appeared to be defeated by challenger David Porter. Locally, Carrillo received 1,393 votes and Porter received 2,667 votes. On the Democratic ballot, Jeff Weems was unopposed and received 717 votes.