Quickly it became apparent that those who took the early leads in early voting would keep them and win their party’s nomination. Of course, the total number of voters in the election was only 10 percent of those eligible.
Incumbent Dennis DeWitt took a significant lead in the race for the Republican nomination for county commissioner of Precinct 2. When the final numbers came in, he had received 480 votes. His opponent on the Republican ticket, Raul “Rudy” Garcia, received 183 votes.
With no Democratic opponent, it is likely that DeWitt will remain on the commissioners court.
Also on the Republican ticket was the race for commissioner of Precinct 4. Ken Haggard maintained his lead and won the Republican nomination also.
He received 160 votes to beat his opponent Fred Stark who received 103 votes.
However, unlike DeWitt, this isn’t over for Haggard.
On the Democratic side, Ronnie Olivares has returned and won that nomination. He received 205 votes to beat Dela Cagle Castillo with 110 votes.
Olivares and Haggard once again will face each other in the November election. Haggard won the seat during his last election by unseating Olivares.
For the first time in a number of years, the county clerk also garnered an opponent.
Mirella Escamilla Davis won the nomination, and quite possibly the position since she has no Republican opponent, with 929 votes. Her Democratic opponent, Ami Salazar Fernandez, received 473 votes.
In the race for Precinct 1 justice of the peace, Susana Salazar Contreras won with 388 votes.
Her opponents Efrain “Cowboy” Ibarra received 86 votes and Vicente G. Barrera had 134 votes.
She will face Republican Bebe Adamez in the general election.
Abel Suniga won the Democratic nomination for justice of the peace, Precinct 3 with 251 votes. He beat David Gutierrez who received 72 votes. He has no Republican opponent in the general election.
Bee County residents also voted for:
• John Cornyn, who won statewide, as a favorite on the Republican ticket for U.S. senator.
• Greg Abbott, who won statewide, as a favorite for governor on the Republican side along with Todd Staples as lieutenant governor. Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst will be in a runoff for the statewide lieutenant governor nomination.
• David M. Alameel, who led statewide, was selected locally as the preference by Democrats for U.S. senator. He will be in a runoff with Kesha Rogers.
• Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal was chosen by Democrats for governor, beating Wendy Davis, who won statewide. Leticia Van de Putte had no Democratic opponent for lieutenant governor.