Shelton Gibbs IV of Terrell will become Kaufman County’s first African-American district judge after he routed fellow Republican Chad Johnson in Tuesday’s GOP runoff election.
Gibbs, a Terrell High graduate and current felony prosecutor for the 86th District Court, will replace retiring 422nd District Judge B. Michael Chitty. Gibbs tallied 4,031 votes to Johnson’s 2,528, or 61% to 39%.
On March 3 during the Super Tuesday primary, Johnson outpolled Gibbs by just 69 votes, 5,425 to 5,356. Cariann Bradford, an attorney and former felony prosecutor, collected 3,788 votes. No Democrat entered the race.
Along with his schooling at Terrell High, Gibbs also attended Southwestern Christian College and Abilene Christian University. He earned his law degree at Southern Methodist University.
In the Democratic runoff for U.S. senator, former combat pilot MJ Hegar pulled out a slim victory over Texas state Sen. Royce West of Dallas for the right to face incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in November. Hegar defeated West 498,180 to 457,555, or 52.9% to 47.9%. In Kaufman County, West was the clear favorite of Democrats, who voted 1,733-936 for West.
In the Democratic runoff for Texas Railroad Commissioner, Chrysta Casteneda downed Roberto “Beto” Alonzo, 62%-38%. She will face Republican Jim Wright in November. In Kaufman County, Casteneda eased past Alonzo 1,322-1,303.
In the Kaufman County Republican Precinct 14 chair race, Charlie Green downed Sandra Vatsis-Taylor 117-76.
A total of 9,251 people cast votes during the runoffs in Kaufman County. The majority of ballots, 4,861, were cast during early voting. Another 1,320 were cast absentee. On election day, 3,070 voters went to the polls, according to the county election division.