Williamson County Judge-elect Bill Gravell will sit on the county Commissioners Court along with newcomer Precinct 4 Commissioner-elect Russ Boles and re-elected Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long come January.
Gravell, Long and Boles were all Republican candidates for their respective seats. The trio will likely be sworn in Jan. 1.
“There is a reason why [people]move here,” Gravell said in his acceptance speech. “It is because [Williamson County] is a place for jobs, and we offer prosperity, and we offer a place to work together to make a difference.
Unofficial results updated Wednesday showed Gravell with 51.34 percent of the vote. Democratic candidate Blane Conklin took 44.98 percent of the vote and conceded the race early Wednesday morning. Independent candidate Bill Kelberlau had 3.69 percent of the vote.
“This signals a new era in Williamson County,” Conklin said in a press release. “Though I came up short, I am proud of the campaign we ran. We showed that Democrats can compete in WilCo. The era of one-party dominance is over. Competitive elections are good for democracy.”
Long was re-elected with 52.87 percent of the vote against Democratic Kasey Redus who had 47.13 percent of the vote.
Boles narrowly took the win with 50.24 percent of the vote against Democratic candidate Carlos Salinas, who had 49.76 percent of the vote.
County treasurer, clerk
Scott Heselmeyer and Nancy Rister held onto their seats as county treasurer and clerk, respectively.
Heselmeyer defeated Democratic candidate Omar Kadir with 54.73 percent of the vote. Rister won with 53.46 percent of the vote against Democratic candidate Jessica Tiedt.
207,298 ballots were cast in Williamson County. Unofficial results were still being tallied Wednesday evening due to voting machine issues Tuesday night.
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