Updated: Ellis wins race for Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1
March 3 is the election day for the primaries. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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With all 401 Harris County voting centers reporting, Rodney Ellis won the Democratic primary for Harris County commissioner Precinct 1. Ellis faced off against Maria T. Jackson in the March 3 primary.
Ellis ultimately received 66.63% of the votes, or 63,051 votes, while Jackson received 33.37%, or 31,578 votes. All results are unofficial until canvassed.
In an emailed statement to Community Impact Newspaper, Ellis said that he has "pushed progressive policies" in his last year on commissioners court, and he is excited to continue to fight with his colleagues.
"Whether it was fighting for equitable flood control, better economic opportunities or reforming our unconstitutional bail system, Harris County voters proved that they won’t go back to business as usual," Ellis' statement read. "I am honored to have their support and pledge to continue fighting for all of our communities."
There are no Republican candidates in the running for the position.
Updated 11:15 p.m. March 3
With 268 of 401 Harris County voting centers reporting, incumbent Rodney Ellis maintains 69.76% of the votes, or 39,248 votes, in the race for Harris County commissioner Precinct 1. Meanwhile, Ellis’ opponent, Marie T. Jackson, received 30.24% of the votes, or 17,015 votes.
Ellis was elected to be commissioner in November 2016, and he serves the Summerwood area as well as areas within Loop 610. Ellis had not responded to a request for comment on election night March 3.
In a January questionnaire with Community Impact Newspaper, Ellis said he intended to continue advocating for investments in flood prevention and protection.
There are no Republican candidates in the running for the position. All results are unofficial until canvassed.
Posted 8:05 p.m. March 3
Polls closed at 7 p.m., and early voting results for the March 3 primary election are in. Unofficial early voting results show Democratic incumbent Rodney Ellis taking the lead in the race for Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1. Results show Ellis with 71.44% of the votes, or 35,292 votes, and challenger Dwight Ford with 28.56% of the votes, or 14,110 votes.
No Republicans ran in the Republican primary for the position.
Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.
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