CHEROKEE COUNTY —
Voters turned out full force Tuesday in support of Janice Crosby Stone, who won a primary runoff against Kelley Peacock and will be listed as the Republican candidate for Cherokee County Court-at-Law Judge in the November general elections.
The unofficial voting results as of 9 p.m. Tuesday were 2,470 votes for Stone, and 1,968 votes for Peacock.
"The support that the Cherokee County residents have shown for me in this election is humbling," Stone said Tuesday night. "This has been a long, hard campaign. I want to thank my family, friends and supporters for their constant encouragement and
Stone, a Jacksonville native, has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years, launching her own law firm in 1988. Today, the firm operates offices in Jacksonville and in Central Texas, emphasizing family law, as well as mediation, business, corporate, probate, wills and trusts, real estate and banking law. Prior to becoming an attorney she was a public school teacher.
Stone and her husband, Dick, are the proud parents of five grown children: Julie, Jason, Matt, Megan and Matthew.
After learning the Tuesday night results, Peacock had this to say:
"While I am disappointed in the outcome, I am proud of the campaign we ran, and I appreciate the support shown by so many. I look forward to continuing to serve as the judge of the court-at-law through the end of this year."
A hotly contested March 4 Republican primary race between the three court-at-law candidates – Peacock, Stone and challenger Daniel Boone Childs – drew 3,023 voters who cast ballots for their favorites.
Of these, Peacock garnered 39.07 percent – or 1,181 votes, while Stone followed closely behind, with 38.07 percent, or 1,151 votes. Childs, had 691 votes, or 22.86 percent.
Peacock was appointed the Court-at-Law judge in December when sitting Judge Craig Fletcher unexpectedly resigned his position in December.
She is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received a bachelors of business administration.
After working with the Houston-based Baker Botts, LLP, Peacock attended the University of Houston Law Center, earning a Juris Doctor.
In 2004 she was licensed to practice law and began her legal career in Houston with an emphasis on civil and commercial law. The following year, she began her career as a prosecutor while maintaining a private practice focused on family law, wills and trusts, and civil litigation.
She was elected as Cherokee County Attorney in 2012.
Peacock and her husband, Nick, live in Jacksonville with their daughters, Dru and Kate.
Cherokee County Chief Deputy Voter Registrar Connie Quine said a total of 2,499 people cast ballots in person during the May 19-23 early voting period; of these, 78 requested Democratic primary ballots, while the remainder –2,421 – requested Republican primary ballots.
Also, in this race, a total of 579 ballots were mailed out to voters, who requested 16 Democratic primary ballots and 563 Republican primary ballots, Quine said.