Troy Guidry receives majority vote in Waller County Sheriff Republican 2020 primaries

From left: Troy Guidry, Dan Porter and incumbent R. Glenn Smith are on the 2020 Republican primary ballot for Waller County sheriff.
From left: Troy Guidry, Dan Porter and incumbent R. Glenn Smith are on the 2020 Republican primary ballot for Waller County sheriff.

From left: Troy Guidry, Dan Porter and incumbent R. Glenn Smith are on the 2020 Republican primary ballot for Waller County sheriff.

Find additional 2020 Primary coverage and results here: communityimpact.com/election-texas-2020-primary/houston/katy.

Posted 11:08 p.m.

With 20 of 20 polling places reporting, Troy Guidry has received 2,235 votes or 44.62% for Waller County Sheriff.

Incumbent R. Glenn Smith received 2,117 votes or 42.26% and Dan Porter received 657 votes or 13.12%, according to Waller County.

Because none of the candidates received more than 50% of the total vote, a runoff election between Guidry and Smith is likely to take place. A Texas runoff election occurs when a candidate in a races does not receive over 50% of the vote. When this happens, the then two candidates with the highest number of votes advance to a runoff election.


The primary runoff election will be held May 26, according to the Texas Secretary of State.


Guidry has lived in Waller County for 14 years, and he wants to enforce more structured job duties, positions and policies, he said in a previous interview. He said he wants to address the lack of an appropriate amount of patrol deputies within the county to lower the amount of theft from residential property and local businesses.

Community Impact Newspaper reached out for comment, but Guidry could not immediately be reached.

Smith, meanwhile, has been sheriff since 2009 and has 41 years of law enforcement, according to his campaign website. His top priorities were to keep a safe environment and roadways safe alongside the soaring growth in population.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 8:53 p.m.

With unofficial early and absentee voting results in, Troy Guidry is leading over incumbent R. Glenn Smith and Dan Porter in the Republican primary for Waller County sheriff.

As of 7 p.m., Guidry earned 1,177 votes or 45.92%; Smith earned 1,139 or 44.44% of votes; and Porter earned 247 or 9.64% of votes during the early voting period.

Whoever wins the Republican primary will proceed to the November general election against candidate Cedric D. Watson, the only Democratic candidate who filed for the 2020 primaries for the position.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.
By Nola Valente
A native Texan, Nola serves as reporter for the Katy edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She studied print journalism at the University of Houston and French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. Nola was previously a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem, Israel covering Middle East news through an internship with an American news outlet.


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