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November 7, 2012

Voters elect new commissioner, but keep same constables

Voters make choices in Hunt County races

GREENVILLE — Voters Tuesday chose a new Hunt County Commissioner for Precinct 1 and re-elected two county constables, one of whom won in the closest contest of the night.

A total of 28,283 people participated in the election, for a voter turnout of 56.14 percent in Hunt County. Unofficial vote totals were released at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, although Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook said there were 176 provisional votes from across the county which had to be counted separately, with those numbers to be released this morning.

The race for Hunt County Commissioner Precinct 1 was between Republican Eric Evans and Democrat Jerry Minter. Evans won the contest with 4,512 votes (68.46 percent) to Minter’s 2,079 votes (31.54 percent).

Republican incumbent Constable for Precinct 1 Terry Jones faced Democrat Glenn Stone, with Jones collecting 11,041 votes (73.07 percent) to Stone’s 4,070 votes (26.93 percent). Jones said he appreciated the support of the voters in the precinct.

“Just happy that we ran a good race and ended up winning,” Jones said. “Now it is time to get back to work as usual.”

Incumbent Constable for Precinct 2, Democrat Wayne “Doc” Pierce, narrowly defeated Republican Charles Adams. Pierce received 1,374 votes (50.98 percent) to Adams’ 1,321 votes (49.02 percent).

“I was really pleased with the turnout,” Pierce said, noting the close race indicated both candidates ran good campaigns. “It was an indication the voters wanted someone experienced at the job.”

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