County voters favor White, Perry
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GROVETON – While Trinity County voters favored former Houston Mayor Bill White in the Democratic Party Primary, local Republicans narrowly gave incumbent Ricky Perry their stamp of approval in Tuesday’s governors races. White and Perry will face one another on the Nov. 2 general election ballot later this year. Unofficial local results of the statewide primary showed the White was by far the leading candidate from among a crowded field of seven contenders for the governor’s nomination. At press time, statewide results were not complete but White was running away with the contest, garnering about 77 percent of the party’s vote. In Trinity County, White lead the pack with 2,173 votes (83.3%) while Farouk Shami finished in a distant second with 156 votes (6.0%). Other candidates and their local vote totals included Alma Ludivine Aguado with 36 votes, Star Locke with 51 votes, Bill Dear with 58 votes, Clement E. Glenn with 66 votes and Felix (Rodriguez) Alvarado with 69 votes. Although the field of candidates for governor was less crowded on the Republican side, incumbent Gov. Rick Perry appeared to be headed to the Nov. 2 general election without a runoff. With about 80 percent the vote counted, he was leading his two opponents with about 51.5 percent of the statewide vote. The Trinity County Republican Primary attracted a record number of voters this year – 747 – which was credited to the heated governor’s race. Locally, Perry led the field with 303 votes (40.6%) while U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison followed with 297 (39.8%). The third candidate in the race, Wharton businesswoman Debra Medina, received 147 votes locally. Statewide races Local results of other statewide races include: • LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: On the Democratic side, Linda Chavez-Thompson appeared to be headed to the Nov. 2 general election without a runoff, with about 51.7 percent of the statewide vote. Locally, she received 692 votes (33.8%) while Ronnie Earle received 876 votes (42.8%) and Marc Katz received 480 votes (23.4%). On the Republican side, incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was unopposed and received 562 local votes. • ATTORNEY GENERAL: Barbara Ann Radnotsky was unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot and received 1,644 votes while incumbent Greg Abbot was unopposed on the Republican ballot. He received 547 local votes. • STATE COMPTROLLER: Incumbent Comptroller Susan Combs was unopposed in the Republican primary and no Democratic candidate filed for the office. Locally, she received 538 votes. • LAND COMMISSIONER: On the Democratic ballot, Bill Burton appeared to be the party’s nominee, receiving about 51 percent of the vote. Locally, he received 1,973 votes (83.3%) while Hector Uribe garnered 394 votes. On the Republican side, incumbent Jerry Patterson was unopposed and received 521 local votes. • AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: On the Democratic side, Hank Gilbert was leading the statewide race with about 53 percent of the vote. Locally, he received 1,086 local votes (46%) while Richard “Kinky” Friedman garnered 1,275 votes (54%). On the Republican side, incumbent Todd Staples was unopposed and received 531 local votes. • RAILROAD COMMISSIONER: Jeff Weems was unopposed on the Democratic Party ballot and received 1,693 local votes. In the Republican primary, incumbent Victor Carrilla appeared to be going down in defeat statewide, with challenger, Giddings CPA David Porter, garnering about 61 percent of the vote, Locally, Porter received 412 votes 70.9%) while challenger, Carrilla received 169 votes. District Races Local results for elections involving multi-county districts that were • U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 6: On the Democratic side, David E. Cozad was running unopposed while incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe L. Barton was unopposed on the Republican ballot. • U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 8: On the Democratic side, Kent Hargett was running unopposed. On the Republican ballot, there was a crowded field of four candidates. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady of The Woodlands rolled to an easy victory, garnering about 80 percent of the vote district-wider. Locally, Brady received 393 local votes (76.9%), Scott Baker of Willis received 74 votes (14.5%), Melecio Frano of Kingwood received 9 votes and Tyler Russell of The Woodlands received 35 votes. • STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 5: Stephen M. Wyman was unopposed on the Democratic ballot. In the Republican primary, incumbent Steve Ogden of Bryan rolled to a easy win, garnering 68.2 percent of the district vote. He received 461 local votes (70.6x%) while Ben Bius of Huntsville received 192 votes. • STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 12: Incumbent Jim McReynolds of Lufkin was unopposed in the Democratic Party primary. James White of Hillister was unopposed on the Republican ballot. • DISTRICT JUDGE, 258th JUDICIAL DISTRICT: Incumbent Judge Elizabeth Coker of Trinity was unopposed on the Democratic ballot and received 2,030 votes. There was no Republican candidate for this office.