The November General Election results are in an it appears that hometown favorite, former Forney ISD Board President Republican Keith Bell will be serving the citizens as the new District 4 House Rep. after he achieved a landslide victory over his Democrat opponent.
The District 4 Texas House of Representative seat became available when Representative Lance Gooden chose to seek election to U S House of Representatives after longtime District 5 U S Representative Jeb Hensarling announced his retirement.
Clearing very popular within his district, Republican candidate Lance Gooden received a whopping 70.18% of the total votes cast in his race.
Candidate Gooden received 17,989 early votes, 5,940 Election Day votes and 1,191 absentee votes to total a whopping 26,703 votes received by his supporters.
The number of votes cast in support of Rep-elect Keith Bell were only slightly less than Gooden.
Republican candidate Keith Bell received 26, 601 (70.16%) votes while his Democrat opponent Easton Williams received 10,593 (27.94%) votes and Libertarian candidate D. Allen Miller received 723 (1.91%) of the votes.
The voters of Kaufman County also came out in mass to support first-time Republican candidate for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, Amy Tarno.
Another popular candidate with area voters, JP-elect Amy Tarno received 6,011 early votes, 1,213 Election Day votes and 290 absentee votes to total 8,329 (66.12%) votes.
Candidate Tarno easily eclipsed her Democrat opponent, Sandra Lee, who received a total of 4,268 (33.88%) votes.
A handful of Kaufman County politicians were re-elected without challenge, therefore let the votes of confidence cast for these unopposed officials serve as a reminder to them of the trust that the taxpayers of Kaufman County have in them.
30,554 votes - 86th Judicial District Judge Casey Blair
30,015 votes - Kaufman Co. Criminal District Attorney Erleigh Norville Wiley
30,098 votes - Judge Co. Court at Law 2 Bobby Rich
30,332 votes - District Clerk Rhonda Gayle Hughey
6,493 votes - County Commissioner Precinct 1 Mike Hunt
9,652 votes - County Commissioner Precinct 2 Skeet Phillips
Written by: Denise Bell