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McClendon, Lovett win GOP nominations


COLDSPRING – Beating San Jacinto County Sheriff David Clark by 584 votes, GOP candidate Greg Capers easily won the nomination in the Republican runoff election last week to become the next county sheriff. According to unofficial election results, Capers garnered 1,324 votes (64.15 percent), beating Clark, who was appointed Jan. 15, 2013 to fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff James Walters who died in office, with 740 votes (35.85 percent). Capers will be on the Republican ballot during the November General Election. With no Democratic candidate in the election, Capers will be able to take office once the November ballots have been canvassed, according to San Jacinto County Elections Administrator Sherryl Evans. Under state law, Clark is allowed to hold the office until the next general election because he was appointed to fill an unexpired term. "Canvassing is usually done within two weeks following the election," Evans said. In a close runoff race for the GOP nomination for county judge, John Lovett beat out Laddie McAnally with only eight votes. Lovett had 1,009 votes while McAnally took 1,001 votes. According to sources, McAnally does not plan on seeking a recount. Lovett is expected to face incumbent Fritz Faulkner (D) during the November General Election for San Jacinto County Judge. In the race for county treasurer, Amanda Washburn won the Republican nomination with 1,329 votes, while Theron Runnels garnered 589 votes. Washburn will face Democrat Deborah Turner (D) in November. For 258th Judicial District Judge, E.L. "Ernie Mclendon won the Republican nomination with 3,983 total districtwide votes to 3,507 districtwide votes for Shelly Bush Sitton. McClendon will face Democrat Joe Roth in November for the position. The 258th District covers San Jacinto, Polk and Trinity counties. In San Jacinto County Mc- Clendon won 1,146 votes to Sitton's 1,009. In Polk County, McClendon won 2,383 votes to Sitton's 2,051 and in Trinity County, McClendon won 454 votes to Sitton's 447 votes. The post of 258th District Judge has been vacant since December when former Judge Elizabeth Coker resigned as part of an agreement with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission was investigating a 2012 incident involving improper text messages sent between Coker and then Assistant District Attorney Kaycee Jones. In the agreement, the commission issued no finding of guilt but promised to drop the investigation if Coker resigned.


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