Van Zandt County Republican Primary Election Wins and Losses
With 63 candidates in 28 races on the ballot, Van Zandt County Republican Primary Election voters were challenged more than in most election cycles, to do their homework in researching their choices. Local races are listed below, including results for contested State Senate and House contests. Those races with three or more candidates, in which no candidate took at least 51 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will appear on a Runoff Election ballot May 22, 2018.
District 2 State Senator Bob Hall defeated Dist. 113 State Representative Cindy Burkett 35, 561 to 31,239 votes. He will face Democrat challenger, Kendall Scudder in the November General Election.
A difference of 790 votes was what prevented Bryan Slaton from unseating Dist. 2 State Rep. Dan Flynn, who will return to Austin next January for an eighth term, unless he is defeated by Democrat challenger Bill Brannon, in November.
Tonda Curry will serve as the next Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney. Curry had 56.54 percent of the vote, to challenger Heath Chamness’ 43.46 percent.
County Judge: Don Kirkpatrick won with 77.57 percent of votes, to Bill Blackmon’s 22.43 percent.
County Court at Law: Joshua Wintters won with 62.79 percent, to Cameron Jackson’s 37.21 percent.
County Clerk: Susan Strickland won with 74.39, to Elsa Smith’s 25.61 percent.
County Treasurer: Kenny Edwards won with 53.24 percent of votes, to Gina Cantrell’s 46.76 percent.
County Commissioner Pct. 2: Virgil Melton, Jr. won with 66.71, to Ronnie W. Jones’ 33.29 percent.
County Commissioner Pct. 4: Tim West won a second term with 53.32 percent, to Brandon Barton’s 46.68 percent of votes.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1: Wade McMillan won with 55.26 percent, to Nick Haley’s 44.74 percent.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2: Sandra Plaster took 38.08 percent of the vote, and will be in the May 22 Runoff Election with Sue Baugh, who took 30.90 percent of the vote.