Hedtke takes County Judge race; Chesser and O'Brien win commissioner seats

Wade Hedtke

KARNES CITY — The race for Karnes County judge went decidedly in the Republican party's favor today, with one democrat picking up a county commissioner's seat.

Wade Hedtke took the judge's race outright, having earned 55.66 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat James Rosales and independent Salvador "Chay" Vela. Even with Vela's 248 votes, Rosales' 1,627 votes would not have been enough to overtake Hedtke's 2,354 votes.

Democrat Sharon Chesser is celebrating tonight, as well, along with Republican Sean O'Brien. Both were successful in their bids for county commissioner after votes were tallied.

O'Brien's bid for precinct 3 took 676 votes to defeat his opponent, sitting Democrat Commissioner Mary J. Lozano, who earned 455 votes — nearly a 60-40 margin.

Chesser's run for precinct 4 saw her unseat Republican incumbent David Reynolds as she took in 429 votes to his 325.

See next week's print edition of the Karnes Countywide for the full story and interviews with the candidates.