Since 1994, only Jimmy Martinez has served more than four years. He took over in 1996 and was elected in 2002 before Silva beat him in 2006.
The judge said he wasn’t sure what to expect from the election but the results were gratifying.
“I feel grateful, first to God, then to my family and those who supported me,” Silva said.
Silva beat his opponent, Democrat Arnold Medina 4,008 to 1,741 votes. The incumbent judge won 69.72 percent of the votes.
The judge said he thinks good things are about to happen in Bee County.
“I look forward to working with the new court for the betterment of Bee County and moving forward,” said Silva. “I think we’re right on the cusp of good things.”
Medina said he was disappointed but not really surprised.
“I’ve felt since early voting that this was the way it would turn out,” Medina said.
The candidate said that as of today, he has no plans to run in the future.
“I’m comfortably retired and I plan to stay that way,” he said.
The Commissioners’ Court will have a Republican majority for the next four years, with the elections of Republicans Dennis DeWitt and Ken Haggard. Democrats Carlos Salazar, Jr. and Eloy Rodriguez remain on the court.
It is believed to be the first time in a long time the GOP has held the most court seats.
In other races, Republican Ken Haggard is the new county commissioner for Precinct 4. He beat Democratic incumbent Ronnie E. Olivares 651 to 581 votes, or 52.84 to 47.16 percent.
Republican Zenaida Silva beat Democratic incumbent Anna Marie Silvas 3,474 votes to 2,294 votes, or 60.23 to 39.77 percent, respectively.
Republican Patty Johnson lost to Democrat Abel Suniga for Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 3 by a mere nine votes, 727 to 736, or 49.69 to 50.31 percent.