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Snowden, Pape fend off challengers

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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 3:00 pm

November ballots have been decided.

Some incumbents faced challengers, while others ran unopposed in Republican and Democratic primaries in Bastrop County on Tuesday, March 6. 

Residents also voted on state and federal seats and propositions.

The only county races with two or more candidates per race were in the Republican primaries. One of the chief races was for county judge.

Incumbent Paul Pape won the Republican nomination with 61.57 percent of the vote. He defeated Donald A. Loucks, who came in second with 38.43 percent. 

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Gary “Bubba” Snowden defeated Rosanna L. Abreo to retain his seat. Snowden received 74.89 percent of the vote, while Abreo took 25.11 percent. 

With no Democratic challenger, Snowden and Pape’s paths to another term are clear.

The closest county race was for the Republican nomination for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1. Sherry Cook narrowly edged Cindy Allen by 31 votes out of 2,023 votes cast. 

Overall, Cook had 35.74 percent of the vote, followed by Allen with 34.21 percent. Also in the race were Mac W. Simpson, who received 20.32 percent of the vote and Kelley Price with 9.74 percent. 

Cook will be on the November ballot facing Dock Jackson, who went unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Several Republican candidates won their races by default after drawing no challengers during their primary and face no Democratic opposition. They include:

-- Bryan Goertz – Criminal District Attorney;

-- Sarah D. Loucks – District Clerk;

-- Rose Pietsch – County Clerk;

-- Laurie Ingram – County Treasurer;

-- Michael Olson – County Surveyor;

-- Clara Beckett – County Commissioner for Precinct 2;

-- Raymah M. Davis – Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2; and

-- Larry Dunne – Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4.

In the Democratic primary, the third county item to be voted on was Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3. Katherine K. Hanna ran unopposed on the ticket and faces no challenger from the Republicans. 


In the voting precincts encompassing or immediately surrounding Elgin, voter turnout in the Bastrop County primaries ranged between 20 and 28 percent.

No precinct had voter turnout higher than 30 percent. 

In general, Bastrop County had a 23.69 percent turnout out of a total of 10,722 voters.

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