Runoff will decide 32nd sheriff Tuesday
It has been nearly three months since electors weighed in on the Johnson County sheriff's race, but voters have begun casting ballots and Tuesday will finally decide the position.
The Republican runoff election pits Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Powell, who gathered 10,131 votes for 44.8 percent of the primary election vote, against STOP Task Force Cmdr. Adam King, who gathered 9,177 votes and has received the support of James Saulter, who finished third in the primary with 3,330 votes.
Early voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday. Election Day voting May 24 is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"The sheriff has a huge impact on the quality of life in our county, and I encourage everyone to to their research and get out to vote," King said.
Similarly, Powell has asked for primary voters to return to the polls. Because there will be no Democratic nominee, the runoff winner will become the next sheriff.
"We appreciate the support we had in the primary election," he said. "This is a very important decision for our county."
Registered electors are eligible to cast a ballot in the runoff election if they voted in the Republican primary election, or if they did not vote in either primary election.
"I want to encourage everyone to return to the polls," King said. "Even if you didn't vote in the primary, you can still vote in the runoff, if you are a registered voter."
Both candidates are asking voters to be informed before reporting to the polls.
"I want everyone to do their research, and then come back out to vote," Powell said.
There's a duty to take time to cast a ballot, King said.
"I think one of the best ways we can honor the sacrifices of our forefathers, who laid the foundations for this country and state, is to exercise our right to vote," he said.
Republican voters will additionally be asked to decide three statewide positions on the ballot. Wayne Christian and Gary Gates qualified for the runoff for railroad commissioner, Mary Lou Keel and Ray Wheless are in the runoff for Place 2 judge on the court of criminal appeals, and Scott Walker and Brent Webster are in a runoff for Place 5 judge on the court of criminal appeals.
Additionally, Precinct 12 voters will be asked to decide if Brenda Gammon or Don Wilson should serve as precinct chairman. Precinct 12 is bordered by Conveyor to the south, Texas 174 to the west, County Road 806 to the east, and in the north is generally bordered by Lakeview and Clubhouse in the Mountain Valley area, County Road 804 and 804A and proceeding to Cross Timber Road and County Road 803.
Democrats will be asked to settle a runoff between Cody Garrett and Grady Yarbrough for railroad commissioner.