Challenger Pat Calhoun defeated incumbent County Judge David Bowman in their May 27 Republican primary runoff and will face Democrat Ernest Alaniz in the general election on
Calhoun received 717 votes, which was 64.13 percent of the 1,118 votes cast in the race. Bowman, who will serve only one term, received 401 votes (35.87 percent). Calhoun had 473 votes during the early voting period while Bowman had 229.
Calhoun won in all but two of the county’s nine precincts. Calhoun won Precincts 11 (107-35), 21 (110-53), 22 (14-3), 31 (150-56), 32 (130-80), 41 (81-49) and 43 (50-45). Bowman won Precincts 12 (29-25) and 42 (51-50).
The runoff was necessitated by a tie in the March primary as each candidate received 489 votes and neither called for a recount.
“The first go-round, there were many people who didn’t vote,” Calhoun said. “I talked to a lot of people who didn’t vote because they though I had it in the bag.”
Calhoun, a rancher and president of the Goliad County Farm Bureau, cited recent events for the reason he won by such a large margin.
“With everything going with the EMS and doctors and all that, he lost 80 votes,” Calhoun said.
Bowman has pushed for a local emergency medical center and last month supported maligned Goliad County EMS Administrator Peggy Fonseca, which led to the resignations of medical directors Claire Zengerle and Mark Heard.
Goliad County voters were consistent with other Texas voters in all but one Republican primary runoff election.
Dan Patrick won Goliad County 565-428 over David Dewhurst for the lieutenant governor nomination, Ken Paxton defeated Dan Branch 500-406 in the county for the attorney general nomination and Ryan Sitton edged Wayne Christian 462-402 for the railroad commissioner nomination in Goliad County.
Goliad County voters favored Tommy Merritt over Sid Miller 512-326 for the commissioner of agriculture nomination, but Miller won the statewide election.