GLEN ROSE – In the Texas Republican Primary Runoff for Somervell County Sheriff, Alan West has defeated Jeff Slaton, 839 votes to 630. As of press time, the results still required proper canvassing and were unofficial, but the votes were tallied and all precincts accounted for Tuesday evening by Somervell County officials.
“I cannot say thank you enough to each and every one of you who have elected me as the Republican nominee for sheriff of Somervell County,” West said. “I would also like to thank my family for standing beside me during the past six months. Once again, thank you to each and every citizen of this great county. I stand humbled and ready to serve you.”
West received 57.1 percent of the 1,469 votes – which was down 973 votes from the 2,442 tallied in the March Republican Primary. During the March primary, West received 1,072 votes (43.89 percent) to lead the original four-candidate field. Slaton followed him with 779 votes, Anders Dahl finished third with 447 votes and Lincoln Matheny rounded out the field with 114 votes.
Throughout the election cycle, West and Slaton maintained that neither would run for office by slinging mud. A fact that Slaton hit on again after the results were posted Tuesday.
“It was a privilege to run it, first against the other three and then against Alan,” Slaton said. “I am proud to be a part of this and have met some great people and found out that I have a lot of friends. On May 25 I will wake up and still be Jeff Slaton. Alan and I ran a good clean race based on strengths and abilities and not on negatives. Because of this, you, the voter, were able to determine what you felt was best for the county, not who was the lesser of two evils.
“My congratulations to Alan and I look forward to working with him in the future and stand ready to offer any assistance and input that would benefit him and the office. Again, thank you Somervell County and best wishes Alan.”
While West has won the Republican nominee for the Nov. election, he will still have to technically be voted into office.
According to the Texas Secretary of State election calendar, the last day to file a declaration of write-in candidacy is Friday, Aug. 26, with the last day to register to vote coming Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Early voting will being Monday, Oct. 24 and run through Friday, Nov. 4 and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Runoff voting breakdown:
Pct. 1 – West 201, Slaton 122
Pct. 2 – West 240, Slaton 177
Pct. 3 – West 168, Slaton 150
Pct. 4 – West 230, Slaton 181
Early – West 551, Slaton 367
Election Day – West 288, Slaton 263
Travis M. Smith