UPDATE: Trever Nehls wins Republican primary, Democrats Geneane Hughes and Eric Fagan advance to runoff in the race for Fort Bend County sheriff

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Updated March 4, 4:56 a.m.

With 100% of precincts reporting in Fort Bend County, Trever Nehls has won the spot as the Republican candidate for Fort Bend County Sheriff, to be seen on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, according to unofficial results.

On the Democratic side, Geneane Hughes ended up with the most votes in a narrow lead over Eric Fagan, according to unofficial results. The two will faceoff in a runoff election May 26.

In a landslide win, Nehls received 44,753 votes, or 82%. Challengers John Minchew and Siddiqi Muzaffar received 14% and 4% of votes, respectively.


Hughes received 20,139 votes, or 35.2%, while Fagan received 20,030 votes, or 35%. Holland Jones, the third candidate on the Democratic ticket, received 17,052 votes, or 30%.

Nehls is currently deployed in the Middle East and expected to return to Fort Bend in April, his wife Kerri wrote in a Facebook update in January.

On his March 3 primary election win, Kerri wrote on his campaign Facebook page, "Though Trever is absent this election cycle due to his military deployment overseas, the wonderful people of [Fort] Bend County recognize his leadership, selfless service and commitment to make [Fort] Bend County the place to live in Texas. Trever looks forward to returning to personally thank each of you. On to victory in November."

Hughes shared on Facebook that she felt primary election day was a success.


"I appreciate every individual who has contributed to my campaign to be your next Fort Bend County Sheriff," she said in the post. "Whether you donated funds, time volunteering or [voted], I am forever grateful. It has been a true pleasure to interact with the many citizens throughout the varying areas of this great county. I’ve taken note of all citizen concerns as well as ideas, and will keep in mind as I cultivate my Initiatives when elected the next Fort Bend County Sheriff."

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated March 3, 10:32 p.m.

In the race for Fort Bend County Sheriff, Republican Trever Nehls and Democrat Eric Fagan still lead the polls, according to unofficial voting totals.

With 76% of vote centers reporting for Republican results, Nehls has received a majority of votes: 36,103 votes, or 83%. With 89% of vote centers reporting for Democratic results, Fagan has received 12,969 votes, or 36.74%.

Troy Nehls—Trever's twin brother—who is in the running for the U.S. District 22 seat, announced last year he would not seek re-election as sheriff.

In total, three Democrats and three Republicans are vying for the position.

In second place in the Democratic race, Geneane Hughes earned 11,761 votes, or 33.32%, and in third place, Holland Jones recieved 10,0572 votes, or 22.95%.

John Minchew is in second place in the Republican race with 5,929 votes votes, or 13.64%, and Siddiqi Muzaffar received 1,438 votes, or 3.31%.

Should no Democratic candidate receive 50% of the vote when totals are finalized, a runoff election will be held May 26 between the two candidates who earn the most votes.

The lone Republican and Democratic winners will be on the Nov. 3 Election Day ballot, competing for the position.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted March 3, 8:30 p.m.

Unofficial early voting results show Trever Nehls is the Republican with the most votes and Eric Fagan is the Democrat with the most votes in the primary races for the Fort Bend County sheriff position.

Troy Nehls, who is in the running for the U.S. District 22 seat, announced last year he would not seek re-election as sheriff.

In total, three Democrats and three Republicans are vying for the position. Fagan has received 10,900 votes or 37.1%, while Nehls has received 30,324 votes or 82.8%.

Democrat Geneane Hughes has received 9,609 votes or 32.7%, while Democrat Holland Jones has received 8,873 votes or 30.2%.

Republican John Minchew received 5,052 votes, or 13.8%, and Republican Siddiqi Muzaffar received 1,248 votes, or 3.41%.

Should no candidate from each of the parties receive 50% of the vote when totals are finalized, a runoff election will be held May 26.

The lone Republican and Democratic winners—to be determined in a runoff election May 26—will be on the Nov. 3 Election Day ballot, competing for the position.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.


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