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County judge unseated in primary
by Joe Baker
Mar 13, 2014 | 179 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES COUNTY – Challenger Walter Long, Jr. defeated incumbent Karnes County Judge Barbara Najvar Shaw in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

A total of 1,290 votes were cast for Long while Shaw received 641 votes.

A total of 1,931 votes were cast for county judge, slightly fewer than the 2,033 votes cast for county judge in the 2010 Democratic primary election.

Candidate for Karnes County judge, Maurice Yarter, ran unopposed in the Republican primary and received 226 votes.

Local voters will choose either Long or Yarter for the position of county judge in the Nov. 4 general election.

Three candidates competed in the Democratic primary for the office of Precinct 4 County Commissioner.

A total of 161 votes were cast for Sharon Chesser, while David Reynolds received 159 votes and Adrian Yanta received 64 votes.

Since none of the candidates in this race received a majority (more than 50 percent) of the votes cast, voters will choose between the two candidates who received the greatest number of votes – Chesser and Reynolds – in a primary runoff election set for May 27. The winner of that contest will face Republican candidate Brenda Hansler in the Nov. 4 general election. Hansler ran unopposed in the Republican primary, receiving 44 votes.

Incumbent County Clerk Carol Swize defeated challenger Maggie Gonzalez in the Democratic primary, earning 1,304 votes while Gonzales received 610. Swize will run unopposed for the office of county clerk in the Nov. 4 general election since no candidate filed for this office in the Republican primary.

Three candidates competed in the Democratic primary for the office of District Judge, 218th Judicial District.

In Karnes County, Carrie Moy received 1,127 votes while Sylvia Rodriguez received 326 and Trent Rowell received 315.

Across the five-county district which includes Karnes, Wilson, Atascosa, La Salle and Frio Counties, Moy received 3,170 votes while Rodriguez received 3,047 and Rowell received 1,223.

Since none of the candidates in this race received a majority (more than 50 percent) of the votes cast, voters will choose between the two candidates who received the greatest number of votes – Moy and Rodriguez – in a primary runoff election set for May 27. The winner of that contest will face Republican candidate Russell Wilson in the Nov. 4 general election. Wilson ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Overall, voter turnout was lower in Karnes County than it was in the 2010 primary elections. A total of 26 percent of the county’s 7,740 registered voters voted in this year’s primaries, compared to the 35 percent of the registered voters who voted in the 2010 primary elections.

For detailed election results, visit https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/ at the Texas Secretary of State website.

See page ?? for “precinct by precinct” election returns for Karnes County local elections.
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