Fabby, Wray head to runoff; Bush keeps seat with majority
Nick Todaro, [email protected]
Unofficial final results from Tuesday’s election show a Republican primary runoff is coming between Tea Party favorite TJ Fabby and Waxahachie Mayor John Wray in the race for the State Representative District 10 seat.
Neither Wray nor Fabby was able to claim a clear majority of Ellis County voters, with Fabby earning 36.44 percent of the vote or 4,933 votes and Wray pulling in 36.98 percent, or 5,006 votes. Duke Burge brought in 1,414 total votes, or 10.45 percent, and Jake Ellzey claimed 2,184 votes, or 16.13 percent.
Ellis County Judge Carol Bush narrowly reclaimed her seat in Tuesday’s primary, earning 51.39 percent of the vote in a four-person field on 6,773 votes. Her closest opponent, Richard Rozier, was able to mount a challenge to gain 4,380 votes, or 33.23 percent, shy of what was necessary to force a runoff with Bush. Charles Hatfield earned 11.11 percent of the vote with 1,464 ballots in his favor, and RC Lyon tallied 562 votes, or 4.26 percent.
The Ellis County Commission Precinct 2 race will head to a runoff between incumbent Commissioner Bill Dodson and challenger Lane Grayson. Dodson earned 38.92 percent of the total votes cast on 1,234 ballots, with Grayson earning 24.57 percent, or 779 ballots. David Gardner earned 644 votes, or 20.31 percent. Darren Bravenec tallied 263 votes, or 8.29 percent. Tim Berneking earned 251 votes, or 7.92 percent.
The Ellis County Commission Precinct 4 race will also head to a runoff, thanks to a split vote. Dave Vance’s 662 votes, or 18.18 percent, pushed Kyle Butler and Bill Vansyckle into a runoff to determine the next commissioner. Butler earned 1,708 votes, or 46.90 percent, with Vansyckle taking 1,272 votes, or 34.93 percent.
County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Gene Calvert held on to his post with 56.68 percent of the vote and a total of 7,081 ballots, defeating Ricky Sipes, who obtained 43.32 percent of the total vote on 5,411 ballots.