Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


May 27, 2014

Election Day arrives in runoff for county court-at-law seat

CHEROKEE COUNTY — A local runoff race between two contestants in the County Court-at-Law primary election has drawn a high number early votes, according to an Election Department official.

Through Thursday evening, approximately 7 percent of the county's registered voters – 1,894 – “personally appeared at early voting sites to cast their ballots” for interim Judge Kelley Peacock and challenger Janice Crosby Stone, said Cherokee County Chief Deputy Voter Registrar Connie Quine.

The elections office also sent out 564 mail ballots for the primary runoff, she added.

An updated figure including Friday totals was not available as of press deadline, which fell before the polls closed at 5 p.m. Friday.

However, Quine pointed out that “historically, the last day of early voting is always the heaviest,” and said she expects a good turnout because of court-at-law runoff.

“Overall, it's been a heavy turn-out for the local race – that's what is drawing in everybody,” she said.

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.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Tuesday's runoff election, with 14 sites open that day throughout Cherokee County.

They include:

• Jacksonville – Precinct 13, Rocky Springs Baptist Church at 653 FM 1910 West; Precincts 14 and 15, First Christian Church at 1920 Beaumont; Precincts 33 and 35, Cove Springs Community Church at 4948 U.S. Hwy. 175 West; Precincts 36, 37 and 38, New Hope Baptist Church at 12580 FM 747 S; Precincts 42, 43 and 44, Jacksonville Public Library at 502 S. Jackson;

• Alto – Precincts 26 and 27 at Alto First Baptist Church;

• Gallatin – Precinct 12 at Gallatin Community Center;

• Maydelle – Precinct 28 at Assembly of God Church;

• Mixon – Precincts 32 and 34 at First Baptist Church of Mixon;

• New Summerfield – Precincts 45 and 46 at New Summerfield First Baptist Church;

• Ponta – Precinct 47 at First Baptist Church;

• Rusk – Precincts 22, 23 and 24 at Cherokee Civic Theater;

• Troup – Precinct 48 at Concord-Cumberland Presbyterian Church; and

• Wells – Precinct 25 at Wells First Baptist Church.

Polling site information is listed on the election department's page on the Cherokee County website, www.co.cherokee.tx.us, as well as on their Facebook page, “Cherokee County Elections Dept.”

 Cherokee County officials reminded voters that photo identification is required for voting in person.


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