Republicans once again swept Orange County with half the voters casting straight tickets for the party. A total of 29,695 people voted in the election, with 14,873 filling in the straight Republican circle.
Also, voters in the West Orange-Cove school district agreed to a $25.75 million bond issue for a variety of improvements across the campuses.
Superintendent Rickie Harris told KOGT, “First of all, I want to the thank the Citizens Advisory Committee, Board of Trustees, and all of the stakeholders of WOCCISD for entrusting the district with these additional resources to assist in the process of providing an excellent educational experience for our students. We look forward to the hard work ahead of us that will turn our bond vision into reality.”
The dominance of the Republic Party has brought little opposition from Democrats in the county. Only two local races were contested.
Hershel Stagner won his first full term as Precinct 1 justice of the peace, a position he has held since Commissioners Court appointed him last year. The Republican Stagner beat challenger Gail Shaw Barnett 3,956 (66.25 percent) votes to 2,015 (33.75 percent).
Theresa Adams Beauchamp won an overwhelming majority to become the Precinct 2 county commissioner. Her mother, Marcelle Adams, held the same seat 30 years ago.
Beauchamp, who beat incumbent Barry Burton in the Republican primary, had 5,616 votes, or 82.43 percent, compared to Democrat Deborah Mitchell with 1,197, or 17.57 percent.
In the Deweyville School Board Election, the top three vote-getters won sets on the board. The totals: Seth Williams 499, Lori “Fears” Williams 401, Luke Smith 332, TJ Hardin 288, Douglas Clark 147.
Pictured: Hershel and Debra Stagner celebrate with supporters at Old Orange Cafe after his win Tuesday.