Montgomery County to hold runoff elections May 22 for two commissioners

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Montgomery County to hold runoff elections in May for two commissioners
Following close races in the midterm election primaries held March 6, two key races in Montgomery County will be decided by a runoff election May 22.

Two races on the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, precincts 2 and 4, are still contested as none of the three Republican candidates in either race received more than 50 percent of the vote. The top two candidates in each race will now head to the runoff election on May 22.

In Precinct 2, incumbent Charlie Riley will face off against Greg Parker. Riley received 43.51 percent of the vote, and Parker received 42.93 percent. Riley has served as commissioner since 2015.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic candidate Ron Keichline, who is running unopposed.

In Precinct 4, incumbent Jim Clark received 35 percent of the vote, while challenger James Metts received 40 percent. Clark has served as commissioner since 2015.

The winner of this primary race will take the position of commissioner, as there is not a Democratic opponent to challenge the Republican winner in November.

Montgomery County last faced a runoff election during the 2014 midterm elections for Precinct 2 commissioner as well as for county judge.

This year, former state Rep. Mark Keough won the Republican primary against incumbent Craig Doyal, who had served since 2015. Keough will face Democratic candidate Jay Sittleburg, who ran unopposed in the primary, in the November election.

Dates to know

May 14-18-Early voting: Registered voters can vote at any early voting polling location in the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For polling locations, visit

May 22-Election Day: Registered voters must vote at their designated polling location. To see a sample ballot and find directions to polling locations. click here. 

For the latest on local races and the results of the runoff elections, be sure to visit on May 22 for updates.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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