West, Holmes win their runoffs

Terrence Holmes (left) and Raquel West (right)

The stage has been set for the November general election after Democratic primary runoffs decided who will go on to face Republican opponents.

According to the Jefferson County Clerk’s election totals, the race with the most voter turnout was that between long-time City Councilman Audwin Samuel and Municipal Court Judge Terrence Holmes — both Democrats — who are running to fill the County Court at Law No. 3 bench after the late Judge John Paul Davis passed away in February.

Initially, Samuel led the three-way March 3 primary between he, Holmes and defense attorney Jimmy D. Hamm with 42.7 percent to Holmes’ 37.8 percent and Hamm’s 20.4 percent, which prompted Tuesday’s runoff election.

But the endorsement of Holmes by John Paul Davis’ widow may have contributed to his decisive 1,846-vote victory in the runoff May 27.

Holmes will now face Republican Clint Woods in the November election.

Almost equal in voter turnout was the race between Democrats Raquel West and Stella Batiste Morrison for Jefferson County’s 252nd Criminal District Court vacated by Judge Layne Walker in December 2013, just before the primary filing deadline.

West and Morrison also battled it out in the primary runoff, eliminating Nathan “Buddy” Reynolds Jr. on March 3 when he received 29.8 percent of the vote compared to Morrison’s 31.5 percent and West’s 38.6 percent, prompting the runoff between West and Morrison.

West defeated Morrison by more than 1,000 votes, receiving 4,576 votes (56 percent) to Morrison’s 3,563 votes (44 percent) on Tuesday.

West will now face defense attorney Carolyn Drawhorn Weidenfeld in the November general election.

Although his race had much lower turnout, Democrat Tom Gillam has won his runoff against Kenneth W. Marks for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8, with 57.7 percent of the vote to Marks’ 42.3 percent.

This will be Gillam’s third term as JP as he is unopposed in the general election come November.

In Orange County, Stephen Brint Carlton defeated John Dubose in the Republican runoff for Orange County Judge. Carlton received 2,971 votes (53 percent) to Dubose’s 2,587 votes (47 percent).

In Hardin County, Dana Hogg defeated Lora Keefer in the Republican runoff to become the next District Clerk. Hogg finished with 1,832 votes (53 percent). Keefer had 1,631 votes (47 percent).

For the position of Hardin County Precinct 4 Commissioner, Alvin Roberts defeated Crystal Holmes in the GOP runoff. Roberts got 898 votes (59 percent) to Holmes’ 618 votes (41 percent).

For U.S. House District 36 congressional seat, Brian Babin defeated Ben Streusand 19,274 votes (58 percent) to 14,046 votes (42 percent) in the GOP Primary runoff.

Dan Patrick defeated incumbent David Dewhurst in the Republican runoff for Texas lieutenant governor, earning 486,456 votes (65 percent) to Dewhurst’s 261,104 votes (35 percent).

According to the county clerk’s office, voter turnout was low in Jefferson County with less than 10 percent of registered voters in most precincts.