Ask the editor: How do runoff elections work in Texas?


A runoff election occurs when no candidate in a race receives more than 50 percent of the vote. The top two vote-getters in each race advance to a runoff.

After the March 6 primary elections, the races for the Guadalupe County precincts 2 and 4 commissioners seats will result in a runoff election May 22.

In the Precinct 2 race, Republican candidates Randall K. Herzog and Drew Engelke will face off in the runoff election. There are no Democratic candidates seeking office for this seat.

In the Precinct 4 race, incumbent Judy Cope and Daniel Kearns will also compete in a runoff election. The winner will face off against Democratic candidate Rebecca “Becca” Tucker, who was uncontested in the primary election.

A large portion of Comal County falls within U.S. House District 21. In that race, a runoff election will take place between Republican candidates Chip Roy and Matt McCall. On the Democratic side, a runoff will also be held for candidates Joseph Kopser and Mary Street Wilson.

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Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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