Craig Doyal and Charlie Riley won their respective Montgomery County primary runoff elections May 27 and both will take office come January 2015, as neither faces a Democratic challenger in the Nov. 4 election.
Doyal—who ran for the Republican nomination for Montgomery County judge against Montgomery County Director of Infrastructure Mark Bosma—ended election night having received 18,104 votes and 54.67 percent of the vote to Bosma's 15,010 votes and 45.33 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
"I am excited, very grateful and thankful to all those who stepped up and showed their support," Doyal said. "I am excited to head into the county judge role and work with the new court on smart, sustained growth for the county."
Doyal is the current Precinct 2 commissioner for Montgomery County and has served in that capacity for 12 years.
Upon entering his new role, Doyal said his primary focus will be on improving mobility and meeting mobility needs throughout the county. Projects such as the extension of the Hwy. 249 tollway through Montgomery County and improving the Rayford Road corridor are at the top of his list, he said.
In the runoff election for the Republican nomination for Montgomery County Precinct 2 commissioner, Riley defeated his opponent Rob Harmon. According to unofficial results, Riley tallied 6,169 votes and 58.03 percent of the vote compared to 4,461 votes and 41.97 percent of the vote for Harmon.
"I want to thank the people for believing in us, for believing in me, for coming out and voting and paying attention to the issues," Riley said. "I also want to thank my family and my team."
For the past 12 years, Riley has overseen operations, personnel, equipment and the budget as the Montgomery County Precinct 2 manager of precinct operations.
Riley said he plans to continue mobility efforts in the county to attract commercial development to the area. He said he will also work to bring a local holding cell or jail to the Magnolia area.