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Tackitt gets sixth term, Clark unseats Stevens
In January, Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. will begin his sixth, four-year term. This, after the Democrat received 9,288 votes -- edging past Republican Chris Burchell, who received 7,641 votes -- in a Nov. 6 general election that saw 19,292 ballots cast.
Tackitt, who was first elected to the office in 1992, will surpass Asa G. Fuller Jr. as the county’s longest-serving sheriff. Fuller, who was elected to the position in 1960, retired Jan. 1, 1981, after 20 years of service.
“I’d like to thank the citizens of Wilson County who showed their support for me,” Tackitt said. “We will continue to serve the citizens with the qualified law-enforcement officers the county has and ask that if anyone needs anything, do not hesitate to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, or call me personally.”
But one Democrat lawman who lost his seat was Pct. 2 Constable Don Stevens. He received just 1,847 votes, which was not enough to fend off a challenge from Republican Chad Clark, who received 2,161 votes. Clark, a 20-year veteran of the Floresville Police Department, confirmed his plans to retire from that post, so that he might focus on his new duties as a constable. Now a lieutenant with the department, Clark’s tentative plan is to step down in January.
“I truly want to thank everybody who supported me and voted for me,” he said. “I look forward to doing the best job as constable that I can possibly do. I look forward to getting to work for the citizens.”
Other county races were unopposed, which means the following officials will take office in January:
•Republican Daynah Fallwell will begin her term as Wilson County attorney, succeeding fellow Republican Russell Wilson, who did not seek another term.
•Democrat Anna D. Gonzales, Wilson County tax assessor/collector.
•Democrat Albert Gamez Jr., Wilson County Pct. 1 commissioner.
•Republican Ricky Morales, Wilson County Pct. 3 commissioner.
•Democrat Martin Rodriguez Jr., Pct. 1 constable.
•Republican George Scoggins, Wilson County Pct. 3 constable.
•Republican Galen Jansky, Wilson County Pct. 4 constable.
In the presidential race, while President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were elected to another term, they did not win in Texas. Nor did they win in Wilson County, where the highest vote getters were Republicans Mitt Romeny and Paul Ryan, who received 12,205 votes, while Obama and Biden received just 4,819 votes. Libertarians Gary Johnson and Jim Gray received 127 votes and Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala received 35 votes.
There also were 28 write-in votes. Only seven declared write-candidates existed on Texas’ ballot, with the teams of Andre N. Barnett and Kenneth R. Cross and Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer receiving two votes each. Wilson County Clerk Eva S. Martinez, who also serves as the county’s election judge, said the remainder of the votes were for undeclared candidates, and therefore, would not be counted.
Scoring the most votes among Wilson County’s write-ins was Ron Paul, who received 9 votes. Among those each receiving one vote were:
•Earl Dibbles Jr.
•Bubba the Love Sponge
•Howard L. Thomas
Statewide election totals are available from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, at http://bitly.com/RTg2Fs.
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