By Walker County News Today staff
Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Hillary Clinton easily won Texas during Super Tuesday primary voting, but Walker County races were more hotly contested with most ending up in runoffs.
In the race for Pct. 1 County Commissioner, Danny Kuykendall will face Tom DeYoung and Precinct 3 County Commissioner candidates Glen Reader and Bill Daugette will face each other in the May 24 runoffs.
Kuykendall garnered 42.98% of the vote to DeYoung’s 26.26%. (Complete final vote totals in the Republican primary appear here.) The Republican nominee chosen in the runoff will run unopposed in November.
The race for County Commissioner, Precinct 3 was tighter, with incumbent Glen Ray Reader eking out 27.75% to Bill Daugette’s 24.39%. The Republican nominee in this race will face unopposed Democrat nominee Richard Harrison in the November general election.
The race for Precinct 2 constable was also tight. Incumbent Reed Prehoda, with 40. 60% of the vote, will face Shane Loosier, with 31.99% of the vote.
In the State Representative, District 18, it appears that Keith Strahan and Ernest Bailes will face each other in runoffs. Strahan picked up 27.36% of the vote in Walker County to Bailes’ 22.74%. Hinch only picked up 6.67% of the vote in Walker County. Former Huntsville mayor J. Turner earned 17.61% of the vote in Walker County, and Walker County candidate James Morrison garnered 21.24% but neither did well enough districtwide to earn a spot in the runoffs. District 18 includes Walker, San Jacinto, and Liberty counties. Unofficial results were not readily available from those counties late Tuesday night.
Incumbent Republican Party chairwoman Linda McKenzie kept her post with 63.16%of the vote to challenger Madilene Loosier’s 36.84%.
It appears that U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady won re-election to his District 8 seat, which includes Walker County.