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Hogan wins County Judge election by just 115 votes, both incumbent JPs lose

By J.J. Smith. Jerry Hogan narrowly defeated Kevin Fowler by just 115 votes in the Rockwall County Judge Republican Primary Run-Off Election yesterday, while Jack James and Nancy Beaty defeated both incumbent Justices of the Peace, David Karr and Larry Holloway.

Since no Democrats ran for any of these positions, all three winners will take office in January, 2011.

Hogan (left photo), a retired U.S. Army officer and former IBM and MCI corporate executive, received 2,088 votes (51.42%) edging American National Bank Vice President Fowler, who received 1,973 votes (48.58%). Hogan won the early voting, as well, 1,226 to 1,075 votes.

“First I would like to thank all my supporters,” Hogan said about his victory. “They wanted change and believed in what I said.”

“Now I’ve got to show those who didn’t vote for me that I am the right choice, and I believe over time my actions will show that.”

Assistant Garland Fire Chief James (center photo) totaled 1,224 votes in the Precinct 1 & 4 race, compared to Judge Karr’s 840 votes (40.70%), a 384 vote margin of victory. He won the early voting, as well, 672 to 471 votes.

“I would like to commend Judge Karr on running a very professional and hard fought campaign,” said James.  “He has served the citizens of Rockwall county for many years and I wish him the best.  I also want to thank the citizens of Rockwall county for their strong show of support.”

“Judy and I are very humbled by the outpouring of encouragement we have received.  Many people told us they were praying for us and we appreciate it so much.  I look forward to working with all the county and city departments as the county continues to grow and prosper.”

Long-time community volunteer and writer Beaty earned 1,013 votes (52,57%), 99 more than Judge Holloway’s 914 votes (47.43%). She had 552 votes in early voting, although Holloway had 560.

“I’m really humbled by all of the support I received – all the hard work, voting and prayers,” she said. “They believed in my message to make a positive difference and that’s what we’re going to do.”

County voters also voted 2 to 1 for Judge Debra Lehrmann who defeated former legislator Rick Green in the statewide Texas Supreme Court Justice Place Three race, 52% to 48%. In Rockwall County, she received 2,372 votes (65.09%) to 1,272 (34.91%) for Green.

There were 4,135 ballots cast and a voter turnout of 9.16% of the total 45,134 registered Republican voters across the County, which was actually higher than the 5-7% expected by County Elections Administrator Glenda Denton.

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