Recount for 294th District Court Set for June 6
Only 99 votes separated 294th District Court candidates Chris Martin and Tina Brumbelow in the May 22, 2018 Republican Primary Runoff Election that brought 5,409 voters to the Van Zandt County polls that day. Though Martin was declared the winner, Brumbelow has decided to pay the 900 dollar fee for a recount, which will take place at 9 a.m. June 6, in current 294th District Judge Teresa Drum’s courtroom.
There will be 26-30 people present, including the ballot board, talliers, candidates, their representatives, the Republican County Chairman Lance Lenz, attorneys for each candidate and the GOP, during the recount. Lenz is responsible for running the Republican Primary, subsequent Runoff, Special Elections, and recounts, associated with the Primary. He said, “We’re expecting a very civil recount. By the end of the day [June 6], we should know who the next District Court Judge is.”
Because Texas does not have closed Primaries, Lenz estimates that about 700 people voted in this Runoff Election who did not actually vote in the Primary Election. This means that about 700 registered voters from Van Zandt County, who did not originally cast a ballot for Primary candidates, cast ballots in contested Runoff races to help determine winners for Congressional District 5, the 294th District Court, and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace. So long as voters had not already voted in the Democrat Primary, they were allowed to vote in the Republican Primary Runoff Election May 22.
The General Election is Tuesday, November 6. Voters will then choose between each party’s nominee in each race on the ballot.