The unofficial results are now in for this spring’s local elections.
Brad Jones defeated James Mark Jones 107-16 for the Ward 3 position on the Elgin City Council to be vacated by Phillip Thomas, according to the final unofficial results. Incumbent Angie Edmon, the district 4 trustee for the Elgin ISD school board, will hold her current position after facing challenger Duane Shaw 38-23.
A total of 184 ballots were cast in the Elgin races, which is about 12 percent of the 1,550 registered voters eligible to cast ballots in these elections.
In Bastrop, two seats on city council were up for election, but only one is all but decided. Place 1 incumbent W. L. “Bill” Peterson held on to his position with about 57 percent of the vote over challenger Ishmael Harris. Three candidates competed for the Place 5 seat: incumbent Deborah Jones, Dock Jackson and Herb Goldsmith. Jackson received the most votes—about 48 percent—while Jones and Goldsmith received about 33 percent and 19 percent, respectively. According to the Bastrop City Charter, the winning candidate must receive a majority of the vote; as a result, Jackson and Jones must face each other in a runoff election in June.
The contested race for Place 5 on the Bastrop ISD school board was won by incumbent Chris Dillon, who received about 55 percent of the vote over challenger Amy Fariss.
A total of 1,241 ballots were cast in Bastrop elections, which is about four percent of the 29,146 eligible registered voters.
Two seats on the Smith-ville City Council were up for election. Place 3 incumbent Bill Gordon defeated challenger Daniel Hrna with 80 percent of the vote. Incumbent Rhonda Janak faced Jason Hewitt for Place 2 on the council, but Hewitt edged out Janak by one vote 183-182.
A total of 378 ballots were cast in Smithville elections, which is about 15 percent of the 2,499 eligible registered voters.
The results for the elections will not be official until the city councils and school boards canvass the election, or review the results and confirm the count of all ballots, including provisional and oversees ballots. There are no outstanding ballots for Elgin elections, although there are outstanding ballots for Bastrop and Smithville races. Friday is the deadline for Bastrop County to receive overseas ballots.