Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 6, 2014

Several incumbents lose in KC

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Tuesday night was a bad night for incumbents in Kaufman County.  The unofficial election results are reporting runoff elections in three county races.

The 4-way race in Kaufman County for Judge of the 86th Judicial District will advance to a runoff election in May.  The four candidates entered the race after longtime Judge Howard Tygrett announced he would not seek reelection.

Casey Blair with 36.58 percent and 3,341 votes, will face Wade Gent who polled 35.07 percent and 3,203 votes. Also in the race was Rebecca Calabria with 1,455 votes and Raymond “Rayme” Shackelford with 1,135 votes.

Skeet Phillips defeated 2-term incumbent Ray Clark for Kaufman County Commissioner, Precinct 2. Three candidates entered the 3-way race with Phillips getting 56.27 percent of the vote. Clark received 34.81 percent and Jon Foster got 8.92 percent of the vote.

With a field of five candidates in the Kaufman County Commissioners Precinct  4 race, incumbent Tom S. Manning could not hold on to his seat. Tim Ratcliff and Jakie Allen will face off in the runoff election. Ratcliff received 28.61 percent of the vote, while Allen received 25.47 percent. Manning came in third with 25.01 percent. Danny Newton received 13.02 percent and Thomas Kintz got 7.88 percent.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 will see a runoff between incumbent Mary A. Bardin and Lisa Gent Harrison. Bardin led the field with 39.46 percent with 853 votes. Harrison came in second with 24.58 percent, or 545 votes.

In October 2013, Municipal Court Judge Mary A. Bardin was appointed to take over the Justice of the Peace position in Precinct 1 on an interim basis.

Michelle Cheney was third with 22.15 percent and Tony Torres received 14.79 percent of the votes.

The winner of the JP runoff election will face Democratic challenger Johnny Perry in the November general election.

In the Justice of Peace Precinct 4 race, incumbent Johnny M. Adams held off challenger Grover Sanders. Adams polled 81.04 percent of the votes, while Sanders received 18.96 percent.

Bobby Rich unseated incumbent David Lewis in the Kaufman County Court at Law No. 2 with 51.54 percent, or 4,329 votes. Lewis received 48.46 percent, or 4,071 votes.

Laura Hughes  was able to retain her position as Kaufman County Clerk. Hughes received 87.91 percent, or 7,957 votes, and challenger Angie Tijerina garnished 12.09 percent, or 1,094 votes.

Kaufman County Treasurer Johnny D. Countryman, a 3-term incumbent,  was unseated by challenger Ronnie Oldfield. Countryman received 48.19 percent, or 4,068 votes, while Oldfield got 51.81 percent, or 4,373 votes. Oldfield is a Certified Public Accountant in Terrell. 

The Terrell Tribune newspaper stated, “Oldfield said this was his first time to run for any kind of public office, and called the outcome ‘a miracle.’” He defeated Countryman by a 305-vote margin.”