LIVE OAK COUNTY – Live Oak County voters numbered 4,133 in the Nov. 6 election.
The most talked-about contested race was for Live Oak County sheriff.
Democrat Larry Busby, the incumbent for 32 years, and Republican Rusty Valentine, squared off, but Busby won, 2,626 votes to Valentine’s 1,426 votes.
Busby was the only Democrat to win in a contested race in the county.
“It was different because people were saying they were going to vote straight Republican because of their dislike for Obama,” Busby said.
Busby’s concern was somewhat calmed when he asked some Republicans about the straight ticket vote.
“Most said they were going to vote straight Republican except for one,” he said.
And in this election, that was the case.
Busy said he admired his opponent’s campaign.
“He ran a clean race, and I appreciated that,” Busby said.
Valentine said he was thankful for the voters.
“I thank everybody who came out and voted. There were two great candidates, and they picked the one they liked,” Valentine said.
“There was no wrong choice. That’s the way I feel about it. I’ve known Larry for 25 years, and I have a lot of respect for him. I still do,” he said.
After serving the next four years, Busby will be tied with Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez in the state as the longest tenured sheriff.
Busby noted that the longest tenured sheriff was Booger Pruit, who served for 45-plus years in Glasscock County.
The longest serving sheriff in Live Oak County was Albert Smith, who was tenured for 38 years.
Here are the other election results for Live Oak County:
Mitt Romney - 3,153
Barak Obama - 915
Ted Cruz - 2,916
Paul Sadler - 955
U.S. Rep. District 15
Dale Brueggemann - 2,740
Ruben Hinojosa - 1,143
State Senator District 21
Grant Rostig - 2,220
Judith Zafirini - 1,680
State Representative District 31
Ann Matthews - 2,779
Ryan Guillen - 1,136
District Judge, 343rd Judicial District
Janna Whatley - 3,009
Richard Zapata - 909
Gene Chapline - 2,329
Melanie Matkin - 3,140
County Tax Assessor-Collector
Mari Gonzales - 2,085
Randy Kopplin - 1,894
County Commissioner, Pct. 3
Willie James - 693
Constable, Pct. 1
James Doughty - 900
Constable, Pct. 2
Vincent Roberts - 660
Mike Ruiz - 273
Constable, Pct. 3
James Baker Jr. - 652
Constable, Pct. 4
Robert Bob Baker - 588