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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Despite COVID-19 and the record-breaking ice storm, Childress County Clerk Barbara Spitzer said she saw the highest number of voters in this election since she’s been Childress County Clerk.
“I am not sure if we broke a record prior to me being over elections, but since I have been here most definitely,” said Spitzer, who has had this position for nine years. “There were so many people that voted early, which I think is great. On Election Day, we had almost 500 people vote.”
More than 1,700 Childress registered voters cast their ballots early and by mail, bringing the total number of early voters to 48.69 percent. Spitzer said they were going to canvass the Federal Post Card Application ballots, ballots that wouldn’t read and provisional, so she won’t know the final number of voters until that is complete.
In the Childress Mayor race, incumbent Cary Preston won with 1,342 votes compared to Mike Dietrich’s 274 votes.
For City Council Alderman, Place 4 seat, Sharon Johnson received 778 votes, Rapheal McKeen 52, C. T. Taylor 653 and Mike Dewey 116. There will be a runoff between Johnson and Taylor. Incumbent Marino Rodriguez won the Alderman, Place 5 seat with 1,358 votes compared to Amy Dietrich’s 259 votes.
In the Childress Independent School District Board race for Place 4, Matt Stone won with 1,075 votes compared to Charles “Chip” Hall’s 1,016 votes. Incumbent Carol Freeman won the Place 5 seat with 1,495 votes compared to Scott Stark’s 666 votes.
“I think we had a great voter turnout and am hopeful that future elections will too,” Spitzer said. “I would also like to say thank you to all of the election judges and election clerks who worked the election as well as my office staff for all they did to help to ensure we had a successful election.”
In the presidential race, Donald Trump received 1,928 votes, Joseph R. Biden 305 votes, Jo Jorgensen 18 votes and Howie Hawkins 8 votes.
Other results are as follows:
- U.S. Senator: John Cornyn 1,919 votes, Mary Hegar 280 votes, Kerry Douglas McKennon 29 votes, David B. Collins 11 votes
- U.S. Rep. Dist. 13: Ronny Jackson 1,942 votes, Gus Trujillo 268 votes, Jack B. Westbrook 31 votes
- R.R. Commissioner: James Wright 1,910 votes, Chrysta Castaneda 271 votes, Matt Sterett 31 votes, Katija Gruene 12 votes
- Chief Justice Supreme Court: Nathan Hecht 1,892 votes, Amy C. Meachum 310 votes, Mark Ash 26 votes
- Justice Supreme Court Pl. 6: Jane Bland 1,950 votes, Kathy Cheng 279 votes
- Justice Supreme Court Pl. 7: Jeff Boyd 1,923 votes, Staci Williams 282 votes, William B. Strange III 20 votes
- Justice Supreme Court Pl. 8: Brett Busby 1,928 votes, Giselda D. Trianna 273 votes, Tom Oxford 25 votes
- Judge, Court Criminal Appeals Pl. 3: Bert Richardson 1,927 votes, Elizabeth D. Frizell 296 votes
- Judge, Court Criminal Appeals Pl. 4: Kevin P. Yeary 1,932 votes, Tino Clinton 286 votes
- Judge, Court Criminal Appeals Pl. 9: David Newell 1,938 votes, Brandon Birmingham 287 votes
- Member State Board of Education Dist. 15: Jay Johnson 1,937 votes, John Bentacourt 288 votes
- State Rep. Dist. 68: Drew Springer 1,958 votes, Patsy Ledbetter 276 votes
- Chief Justice 7th Court of Appeals Dist.: Brian Quinn 2,188 votes
- Justice 7th Court of Appeals Dist. Pl. 4: Larry Doss 2,144 votes
- 100th Judicial Dist. District Judge: Stuart Messer 2,135 votes
- District Attorney 100th Judicial Dist.: Luke M. Inman 2,133 votes
- County Attorney: Greg Buckley 2,169 votes
- Sheriff: Mike Pigg 2,115 votes
- Co. Tax Assessor/Collector: Kathy Dobbs 2,195 votes
- County Constable: Daniel Hernandez 2,176 votes
- County Commissioner, Precinct 1: Jeremy Hill 492 votes
- County Commissioner, Precinct 3: Kevin Hackler 485 votes.