Updated 10:08 p.m.
The Montgomery County Precinct 4 commissioner primary race will move forward into a runoff election between James Metts and incumbent Jim Clark.
With all precincts reporting, Metts has received 3,455 votes, or 40 percent, compared to 2,976 votes, or about 35 percent, in favor of Clark. Challenger Bob Bagley received 2,203 votes and will not be involved in the runoff election May 22.
Clark, who has served as Precinct 4 commissioner since 2015, said he looks forward to completing the work that has been started under his tenure. He said projects like construction of an overpass on Hwy. 242 over FM 1314, a widening of Hwy. 242 between FM 1314 and I-45, and also a widening of Old Houston Road between Hwy. 242 and FM 1485 have been designed and are getting ready to break ground.
“We feel really good and that we have a good chance,” Clark said. “There is a strong learning curve for anybody coming into office. It is a vast undertaking, so to replace myself with somebody else is going to put us a couple of years behind. I think I am the ideal candidate, and I plan to continue my battles against the toll roads and against wasteful spending.”
Metts could not be reached for comment on election night. All results are unofficial until canvassed.
Published 7:56 p.m.
Incumbent candidate Jim Clark, Bob Bagley and James Metts are vying for the Montgomery County Commissioner Precinct 4 seat during the March 6 primary. There is no democratic opponent for the seat during the Nov. 6 general elections.
Metts has taken a lead over opponents Bob Bagley and incumbent Jim Clark following the release of early voting results.
Metts has garnered 1,955 votes, or about 40 percent of votes, compared to 1,734 votes in favor of Clark, about 36 percent, and 1,141 votes in favor of Bagley, or about 24 percent.
All results are unofficial until canvassed. For more local primary election results and coverage, visit communityimpact.com/vote