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Early voting starts Monday for runoff

Burnet Bulletin of Burnet, Texas

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Early voting for runoffs for the election on May 24 starts Monday, May 16 for Burnet County residents.

While Calvin Boyd won over J.P Wilson during the March 1 primary for sheriff of Burnet County, other races are still up for vote including Precinct 1 commissioner, Precinct 3 commissioner, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace.

Precinct 1 commissioner runoff will include Jim Luther Jr. and Sam Cox.

Luther, who accumulated the most votes during the March 1 primary, with 1,086 votes was not able to get more than 50 percent of the votes over his opponent Cox who came in a close second with 1,020 votes.

"I feel good going into the runoff. Although I received the most votes in the primary, I am not taking anything for granted," said Luther. 1 "For over 2$ years I have served the citizens of Burnet County as both a volunteer and in my profession. It would be my honor to serve as Commissioner, Pet. 1,"

Precinct 3 commissioner run off candidates include Bertram native Billy Wall and Marble Falls native Linvel Baker.

Wall finished the March 1 primary with 920 votes while Baker came is second with 646 votes.

"I would like to thank each and everyone for their support and vote," said Wall.

"I plan to continue to work hard and be a full time commissioner that will work all week, nights, and weekend to get the job done,"

"I ask that everyone get out and vote," said Wall.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 and Precinct 1 will also be in the runoffs.

Roxanne Nelson who currently presides over JP Precinct 1 will run off against contender Michael Horton.

Both were close in votes after the March 1 primary with Nelson receiving 1,094 votes and Horton hot on her heels with 1,077 votes.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 runoff candidates will be Coach Larry Berkman and Debbie Bindseil.

During the primary Berkman led the pack with a total of 831 votes while Bindseil came in second with 769 votes.

"Thanks for your vote in the March 1 election, Only the top 10% most committed voters vote in the runoff, so your vote carries 10 times more weight this time, so please get out and vote," said Berkman.

Along with the run off determination for May 24 election other candidates beat their competition during March 1 primary like Leslie Ray, for Precinct 1 constable against Chris Bieze and Precinct 4 Constable position went to incumbent Chris Jett over Steve Harris.

There are also uncontested races during the May 24 election including 33rd judicial district judge Allan Garrett, 33rd/42nd district attorney Wiley "Sonny" McAfee, Burnet County Attorney Eddie Arredondo, Burnet County Tax Assessor-Collector Sheri Frazier and Precinct 2 constable Gary Adams.

In Burnet County, early voting sites are the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce St. in Burnet, and the Marble Falls Courthouse Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway in Marble Falls.

Early voting hours for those two locations are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Original Publication Date: May 11, 2016

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