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Election results: Voters pass Bellevue tax rate, choose Midway ISD board members


While all of Clay County participated in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election, residents of Bellevue cast ballots in favor of a 1 percent increase in local sales tax and Midway ISD voters put a new school board in place.

Election-Graphic-2014The Bellevue sales tax increase was divided into two propositions. Proposition 1, called for a 0.5 percent increase to be set aside for improvements to municipal buildings, land and facilities. Proposition 2 puts into place a 0.5 percent increase reserved for the development of new enterprise.

Voters approved Proposition 1 by a vote of 48-9, and Proposition 2 by a vote of 42-10.

With both propositions approved, the sales tax rate will be set at 8.25 percent.

Residents of Midway ISD chose from seven candidates to fill six school board seats. Jennifer Scott is the only incumbent, and will remain on the board with 154 votes. Derek Leach and Jay Hollis ran unopposed after filling unexpired terms. Leach drew 158 votes, while Hollis received 176 votes. New board members are Stuart Berend with 184 votes, David Rohmer with 126 votes and Jeff Forester with 174 votes. Stephen Davis received 89 votes in the school board election.

All candidates for county offices were unopposed in the general election. Results are as follows:

  • County Judge — Kenneth Liggett (R), incumbent, 2,431 votes
  • District Clerk — Dan Slagle (R), incumbent, 2,499 votes
  • County Clerk — Sasha Kelton (R), incumbent, 2,482 votes
  • County Treasurer — Debra Alexander (R), incumbent, 2,466 votes
  • Precinct 2 Commissioner — Johnny Gee (R), incumbent, 686 votes
  • Precinct 4 Commissioner —Richard Keen (R), 563 votes
  • Justice of the Peace — John Swenson (R), 2,412 votes

Republican Greg Abbott was heavily favored for governor by the 2,855 Clay County voters to cast ballots in the general election, earning 85 percent of the vote. Abbott went on to win the office with 60.32 percent statewide.

Incumbent Craig Estes, Rep., defeated Libertarian Cory Lane 2,336 to 282 in the race for State Senate District 30, while District 69 State Representative James Frank, Rep., was unopposed, garnering 2,346 votes.

Clay County results for federal and state races are as follows:

  • U.S. Senator — John Cornyn (R), incumbent, 2,375; David Alameel (D), 319; Rebeccah Paddock (L), 80; Emily Sanchez (G), 19
  • U.S. Representative — Mac Thornberry (R), incumbent, 2,420; Mike Minter (D), 312; Emily Pivoda (L), 61; Don Cook (G), 26
  • Governor — Greg Abbott (R), 2,436; Wendy Davis (D), 363; Kathie Glass (L), 31; Brandon Parmer (G), 12; write-in, 2
  • Lt. Governor — Dan Patrick (R), 2,393; Letitia Van de Putte (D), 339; Robert Butler (L), 60; Chandrakantha Courtney (G), 5
  • Attorney General — Ken Paxton (R), 2,281; Sam Houston (D), 425; Jamie Balagia (L), 55; Jamar Osborne (G), 10
  • Comptroller — Glenn Heger (R), 2,241; Mike Collier (D), 393; Ben Sanders (L), 85; Deb Shafto (G), 19
  • Commissioner of General Land Office — George P. Bush (R), 2,296; John Cook (D), 371; Justin Knight (L), 99; Valerie Alessi (G), 12
  • Commissioner of Agriculture — Sid Miller (R), 2,219; JIm Hogan (D), 425; David Palmquist (L), 71; Kenneth Kendrick (G), 25
  • Railroad Commissioner — Ryan Sitton (R), 2,211; Steve Brown (D), 402; Mark Miller (L), 96; Martina Salinas (G), 22
  • Chief Justice, Supreme Court — Nathan Hecht (R), 2,246; William Moody (D), 383; Tom Oxford (L), 85
  • Supreme Court, Place 6 — Jeff Brown (R), 2,250; Lawrence Meyers (D), 344; Mark Ash (L), 100
  • Supreme Court, Place 7 — Jeff Boyd (R), 2,249; Gina Benavides (D), 341; Don Fulton (L), 93; Charles Waterbury (G), 10
  • Supreme Court, Place 8 — Phil Johnson (R), 2,314; Roberto Loelsch (L), 192; Jim Chisolm (G), 91
  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 — Bert Richardson (R), 2,221; John Granberg (D), 357; Mark Bennett (L), 100
  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4 — Kevin Patrick Yeary (R), 2,218; Quanah Parker (L), 275; Judith Sanders-Castro (G), 52
  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 — David Newell (R), 2,310; William Bryan Strange, III (L), 162; George Joseph Altgelt (G), 54
  • Chief Justice, 2nd Court of Criminal Appeals — Bill Meier (R), 2,354
  • 2nd District Court of Appeals, Place 7 — Lee Gabriel (R), 2,327

Vote counts are unofficial until canvassed. For complete statewide results visit the Secretary of State’s site for election results.


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