Republican Andy Eads may know who his challenger in the November general election is, but Democrat Bryan Webb will have to wait for the results of a runoff election to find out who his opponent is.
Paralegal and wildlife rescuer Diana Leggett beat out business owner and activist Willie Hudspeth for the Democratic nomination in the Denton County Judge race. With 167 out of 179 precincts reporting, Leggett received 75.02 percent of the vote to Hudspeth’s 24.98 percent.
Leggett will face Republican Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads, who didn’t draw a primary opponent, in the Nov. 6 general election. Either candidate will go on to replace Mary Horn, who announced her retirement in November and endorsed Eads from the bench.
Leggett said she’s ready to go up against Eads in the general election. She said Hudspeth and her ran on the same platform.
“Willie’s issues are my issues,” she said. “I’m feeling very confident and I think we have a good strategy. I think Denton is ready for a new heart.”
Hudspeth could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Since no candidate received the majority of the vote, the four-way Republican race to fill Eads’ Precinct 4 seat will go into a runoff on May 22, likely between former Denton County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Carter and former Denton County Republican Party Chair Dianne Edmondson.
With 49 out of 50 precincts reporting, Carter took the lead with 34.38 percent of the vote. Edmondson edged out former Lewisville ISD board member Brenda Latham, receiving 25.11 percent of the vote to Latham’s 23.96 percent. Former Flower Mound Town Councilman Itamar Gelbman came in fourth with 16.55 percent of the vote.
“I’m going to do what it takes to win,” Carter said of his likely spot in the runoff. “I’ll run a good, clean race that’s about the issues.”
Edmondson agreed, noting that she actually worked on Carter’s campaign when he first ran for the commissioner’s court years ago.
“If I go into a runoff with my good friend Jim, I don’t anticipate it being anything but an issue-related race,” she said.
Latham said she felt good about her campaign and would approach any potential runoff the same way.
“I think however it turns out is how it was meant to be,” she said.
Gelbman could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
The winner of the runoff will face the lone Democratic challenger Bryan Webb in the November election.
The crowded race to replace longtime District Clerk Sherri Adelstein is also likely to go to a runoff, but it was unclear at press time who the two opponents might be.
With 167 of 179 precincts reporting, Mark Yarborough received 34.82 percent of the vote. Ronnie Anderson and David Trantham followed with 26.61 percent and 26.57 percent, respectively. William Brown came in fourth with 12 percent of the vote.
Only one Democrat and one Republican applied for a place on the ballot in the County Commissioner Precinct 2 race. Republican incumbent Ron Marchant will square off with Democratic challenger Brandy Jones in November.
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