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Election 2008

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Pace re-elected Pct. 3 Commissioner;

Daugherty Constable write-in fails

The Republican national Presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin failed in their election bid nationwide, the team did carry the State of Texas and Wood County. In Wood County McCain-Palin outpolled Obama-Biden by 76.15 percent to 22.51 percent. The vote count in Wood County was 13,638 to 3,996.

In local elections, incumbent Roger Pace overwhelmed Dennis Sandifer in the election for Precinct-3 Commissioner with 68.65 percent of the vote in Tuesday's general election. Pace, who was elected to his sixth term to the Commissioners Court. Shortly after the election in 2004, Pace changed parties from Democrat to Republican. This is the first election he has won as a Republican. The vote was 3,430 to 1,566.

In another contested Precinct-3 race, Republican incumbent Gary Dixon won election to serve as Constable, Precinct-3 over write-in hopeful Dwaine Daugherty. That race was decided by 3,354 for Dixon and 1,090 for Daugherty.

Three county-wide offices were all won by unopposed Republican candidates. These included: incumbent Judge 402nd District Court, Tim Boswell who garnered 10,309 votes; unopposed candidate for Wood County Sheriff Bill Wansley who had 14,228 votes and Wood County Tax Assessor/Collector Carol Taylor with 14,036 votes.

The Republican candidate for Commissioner Precinct-1 was also unopposed. Keith Gilbreath will replace Roy Don Shipp on the Court. Shipp chose not to run for re-election. Gilbreath received 3,762 votes.

United States Senator John Cornyn, Republican, was re-elected to a second term over his Democrat opponent Rick Noriega. Cornyn carried Wood County with a 76.84 percent support. Noriega had 3,918 votes to Cornyn's 13,258.

Railroad Commissioner Michael L. Williams, Republican, won re-election to his post over Democrat Mark Thompson. In Wood County Williams carried Wood County with 11,715 votes to Thompson's 4,738.

Hensarling returns to Congress
United States Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Republican, was re-elected to another term for District 5 facing only token opposition from Libertarian Ken Ashby. In Wood County the vote was 13,599 for Hensarling to 1,837 for Ashby.

The Republican candidates for Judges for all contested offices were supported by wide voting margins in Wood County, these included: Wallace B. Jefferson, Chief Justice, Supreme Court; Dale Wainwright, Justice, Supreme Court Place 7; Phil Johnson, Justice Supreme Court, Place 8; Tom Price, Judge Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3; Paul Womack, Judge Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4, and Cathy Cochran, Judge Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9. Republicans Jim Worthen, Chief Justice, 12th Court of Appeals and Jack Carter 6th Court of Appeals were both unopposed.

Bryan Hughes returns to Texas House
State Representative Bryan Hughes, who ran unopposed, was re-elected to the District 5 post. He tallied 14,467 Wood County votes.

Republican candidates for Constable in Precincts 1, 2 and 4 ran unopposed. Re-elected are Stephen Bowser, Precinct-1, Edward Shadbolt, Precinct-2, J.L. Pennington, Precinct-4.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2009 19:05  

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