LIVINGSTON -- Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack and 411th District Judge Kaycee Jones won new four-year terms by wide margins while Mike Nettles, Scott Paske and John Allen Slocomb appeared to have claimed the three at-large Livingston Independent School District seats during Tuesday’s elections.
Hammack, who was the Republican Party nominee, defeated his Democrat challenger, Bobby L. Watson, by a vote of 14,721 (77.6%) to 4,247 in the county-wide general election.
Jones, whose judicial district includes Polk, San Jacinto and Trinity counties, held off the write-in challenge of Livingston attorney John Wells. Jones, who was unchallenged in the Republic Primary earlier this year, received a total vote of 25,683 (88.9%) compared to Wells’ 3,206.
In the unofficial vote breakdown by county, Polk County favored Jones by a margin of 13,523 (85.4%) to 2,318, San Jacinto County gave Jones a winning margin of 7,672 (91.9) to 676 and Trinity County sided with Jones by a count of 4,488 (95.5%) to 212.
The overall voter turnout in the election was considered to be high and narrowly missed the county’s record turnout of 20,323 set during the 2008 general election. In that race, over 52.9 percent of the county’s registered voters cast ballots.
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