Big turnout

Voters in Rockwall County went to the polls March 3 for the Democratic and Republican party primary elections.

Voters in Rockwall County went to the polls March 3 for the Democratic and Republican party primary elections.

More than twice as many people in the county cast ballots on the GOP side, as all of the contested races in Rockwall County, were for Republican candidates.

Unofficial final vote totals revealed 12,673 voters participated in the Republican primary, representing 19.32 percent of the county’s 65,600 registered voters, while 5,929 voters, or 9.04 percent of the county’s registered voters cast Democratic Party ballots.

Incumbent County Commissioner for Precinct 1 Clifford J. Sevier Sr. filed for re-election and easily won the post during the GOP primary, claiming 2,732 votes (71.65 percent) to Dwight Lee Walker’s 1,081 votes (28.35 percent). No Democrats were in the running for the office.

Republican incumbent County Commissioner for Precinct 3 Cecil Dennis Bailey won the GOP nomination to the office, besting challenger Jennie Barker. Bailey received 1,431 votes (56.49 percent) to Barker’s 1,102 votes (43.51 percent). Bailey will be facing Merceda Winder, who ran unopposed for the Democratic Party nomination for the office, in November.

Five candidates, all Republican, filed for their party’s nomination for the newly created County Court At Law No. 2. In the end, Stephani Woodward received 4,468 votes (37.04 percent) and John Browning received 2,695 votes (22.34 percent) to move on to the May 26 Republican Party runoff election.

Brandon D. Cozby and Dan Otto filed seeking the Republican Party nomination for the vacant County Constable Precinct 3 post. Otto won, receiving 1,865 votes (76.91 percent) to Cozby’s 560 votes (23.09 percent).

U.S. Representative for District 4 John Ratcliffe of Fate was unopposed in seeking the Republican Party nomination and will face Russell Foster, an IT specialist from Sherman who filed for the Democratic Party nomination for the office, in November.

Incumbent representative for Texas House District 33 Justin Holland of Rockwall was unopposed in seeking the GOP nomination and will face Andy Rose, a project management professional from Farmersville, who filed for the Democratic Party nomination, in November.

Terry Garrett was unopposed in seeking the Republican Party nomination in the race for Rockwall County sheriff and was the only candidate to have done so. Garrett will automatically be elected in November and succeed current Sheriff Harold Eavenson on Jan. 1, 2021.

Incumbent County Constable for Precinct 1 John Benedetto, incumbent County Constable for Precinct 2 Trey Cheney and incumbent Constable for Precinct 4 Randy Earl Parks were unopposed in seeking the GOP nominations as they ran for re-election.

Incumbent Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Liana Bell Whitten was unopposed in the Republican Party primary in seeking re-election.

Additional information is available through the Rockwall County Elections Office at www.rockwallvotes.com.

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