Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell defeated Round Rock City Council Member Frank Leffingwell in the hotly contested Republican primary race for Williamson County judge.
Gravell will face Democrat Blane Conklin in November. Gravell received 17,580 votes (52.4 percent) while Leffingwell had 15,979 votes (47.6 percent).
“I am excited to be the Republican nominee for Williamson County judge,” Gravell said early Wednesday morning. “I am proud of the thousands of folks that have come together to work in this campaign and I deeply appreciated the conciliatory phone call from Mr. Leffingwell.”
In the Republican primary for County Commissioner for Precinct 2, incumbent Cynthia Long defeated her challenger, Bart Turek.
“I am thankful for the voters’ confidence in me,” said Long. She received 4,788 votes (68.3 percent) while Turek had 2,218 votes (31.7 percent).
Long, who is running for her fourth term, will face Democrat Kasey Redus in November.
Russ Boles and Bobby Seiferman are headed for a May 22 runoff after a four-way race for the Republican primary for County Commissioner for Precinct 4. Boles received 2,431 votes (38.9 percent) while Seiferman had 1,595 votes (25.5 percent). Heather Peal finished third with 1,368 votes (21.9 percent) while David Marek received 857 votes (13.7 percent).
Boles said he was “honored in the faith and confidence the voters have in me.”
“I look forward to the real race,” he said, “the race to keep Texas growing small business and the best quality of life for our families.”
Seiferman said “we took a platform out to the constituency and I think it really resonated.”
“I think we should get back to the basics,” he said. “Taking care of our existing roads, enhancing our existing right of ways, taking care of drainage issues and focusing on public safety as well.”
The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Carlos Salinas in November.
Boles is a a commercial broker, while Seiferman is a senior marketing specialist for Hearst Media.
The GOP primary for Williamson County judge heated up at its very beginning, when Leffingwell — a tax attorney — accused Gravell in December of taking expensive tax-payer funded trips.
Gravell, a 54-year-old former youth pastor, said in December that he was a “true conservative” and that Leffingwell was a liberal who had a record of raising taxes year after year.
Both Gravell and Leffingwell, 52, said during the campaign that public safety was their top priority if they were elected.
Gravell has said he wants to work on expanding the number of justice of the peace courts and district courts in the county because of the growth.