UPDATE: Gravell named Williamson County judge-elect in unofficial results

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Updated Nov. 7 at 12:15 a.m.

Bill Gravell is elected Williamson County Judge, according to unofficial results.

By midnight, Gravell had 50.71 percent of the vote with all polling locations reporting. Democrat opponent Blane Conklin won 45.98 percent of the vote and Independent candidate Bill Kelberlau received 3.31 percent.

“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.”

Updated Nov. 6 at 11.50 p.m.

Republican Bill Gravell was holding his lead against Democrat Blane Conklin and independent Bill Kelberlau in the race for Williamson County judge, according to unofficial results posted 11:25 p.m. Tuesday.

With 33 of 59 polling locations reporting, Gravell had received 90,592 votes to Conklin’s 80,208 and Kelberlau’s 6,218. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 9:25 p.m. Nov. 6
Gravell: Republicans ‘have won a lot in this county, but we’ve also lost’

Williamson County Republicans are watching election returns tonight at the Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel.

Bill Gravell, the party’s candidate for Williamson County judge, received 50.71 percent of 156,591 ballots cast during early voting. Democratic candidate Blane Conklin received 45.98 percent, and independent candidate Bill Kelberlau received 3.31 percent.

Results are unofficial until canvassed.

“People are voting, and we’re either going to win tonight or we’re going to lose,” Gravell said after early voting results were released. “[Republicans] have won a lot in this county, but we’ve also lost. So we’ll just need to see when the Election Day votes are counted, but when they come in I’ll let you know.”

Posted 8:28 p.m. Nov. 6
Early voting results show Republican Bill Gravell leads Williamson County judge race

Republican Bill Gravell leads Democrat Blane Conklin in the race for Williamson County judge with the two candidates separated by just over 7,400 votes out of 156,591 ballots cast during early voting, according to unofficial returns released Nov. 6.

Independent candidate Bill Kelberlau received 5,183 early votes.

Results are unofficial until canvassed.

The three candidates are seeking to take over for outgoing Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis, who plans to retire after his current term ends at the end of the year.

The county judge is an executive position that acts somewhat like an elected CEO and is involved in nearly all aspects of county government. Judges are elected to a four-year term. Key responsibilities for the judge include preparing the county’s budget and presiding over the elected county commissioners court. The judge also serves as administrator of county departments and senior department heads.

Gravell is the Precinct 3 justice of the peace in Williamson County.

Conklin is a senior analyst in employee benefits at The University of Texas at Austin.

Additional reporting by Ali Linan

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Evan Marczynski
Evan Marczynski is editor of the Georgetown edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He joined Community Impact in 2016 as a reporter in Northwest Austin and previously covered Austin-area health care and Round Rock ISD. Evan is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University in 2012 and worked as a newspaper reporter until he moved to Texas.
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