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LIVE BLOG: Panola County counts ballots in disputed county races | General

Check back for updates throughout the night.

7:19 p.m.: Stella Wieser sent these photos from the Panola County Courthouse, where a crowd awaits the election results.












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7:07 p.m.: We got early voting numbers from the County Elections Office:

County Judge: Rodger G. McLane has 823 votes, Paul Beatty has 866 votes, Gary Kelley has 397 votes and Tonya Cooke has 497 votes.

District Attorney: Danny Buck Davidson has 1,213 votes, Tim Cariker has 786 votes and Patrice Savage has 556 votes.

County Court: Larry Fields has 1,177 votes to Rick McPherson’s 1,345 votes.

Sheriff: Sarah Fields got 1,170 votes to RC “Cutter” Clinton’s 1,469 votes.

PCT. 2 Commissioner: Brett Hawkins has 208 votes. David Cole has 348 votes. Roy Carpenter has 106 votes.

PCT. 4 Commissioner: Dale LaGrone, in the Republican primary, obtained 640 votes. Leo Graves, in the Democratic primary, obtained 43 votes.

JP 1&4: Scott Jones has 230 votes, Mary Sue Kiper has 439, K. Denise Gray has 849 and Sandra Miller, candidate for the Democratic primary, has 103 votes.

JP 2&3: Knox Mosby Jr. has 224 votes, Toni Hughes has 562 votes and Shelly Avery has 171 votes.

7 p.m.: It’s election day in Panola County, and there are several county races up for grabs. Polling stations closed at 7 p.m.

On the Republican side, 25 people ran for the departmental elections:

  • Criminal District Attorney – Danny Buck Davidson (incumbent), Tim Cariker, Patrice Savage. The winner of this race does not face any Democratic opponent.
  • County Judge – Paul Beatty, Tonya Cooke, Gary Kelley, Rodger G. McLane. The winner of this race does not face any Democratic opponent.
  • County Sheriff – Sarah Fields (incumbent), Cutter Clinton. The winner of this race does not face any Democratic opponent.
  • Judge County Court of Justice – Larry Fields, Rick McPherson. The winner of this race does not face any Democratic opponent.
  • District Clerk — Lindsey Smith (incumbent).
  • County Clerk – Bobbie Davis (incumbent).
  • County Treasurer – Joni Reed (incumbent).
  • County Surveyor – Don Austin (incumbent).
  • Justice of the Peace Pct 1 & 4 — Mary Sue Kiper, Denise Gray, Scott Jones.
  • Justice of the Peace Pct 2 & 3 — Toni Hughes (incumbent), Knox W. Mosby, Shelly Lyn Avery. The winner of this race does not face any Democratic opponent.
  • County Commissioner Pct 2 – David Cole (incumbent), Brett Hawkins, Roy Carpenter. The winner of this race does not face any Democratic opponent.
  • County Commissioner Pct 4 – Dale LaGrone (incumbent).

On the Democratic side, two ran for county-level elections:

  • Justice of the Peace Pct 1 & 4 — Sandra Miller.
  • County Commissioner Pct 4 – Leo Graves.

Panola County District Clerk Lindsey Smith, County Clerk Bobbie Davis, County Treasurer Joni Reed and County Surveyor Don Austin drew no opponents in their races, whether in the party primary or general elections.

At the state and national levels, voters in Panola County also choose candidates for Texas House District 11 in the Texas House of Representatives.

Alongside State Representative Travis Clardy, Greg Caldwell, Rachel Hale and Mark Williams are seeking a seat in the Republican primary. No Democrat has filed a candidacy.

Candidates are filing in the wake of the redistricting, which eliminates State Rep. Chris Paddie’s seat and moves Panola County to Home District 11, currently represented by State Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches ).

The new House District 11, if the redistricting maps survive a legal challenge, includes Panola, Shelby, Sabine, Rusk, Nacogdoches and Newton counties.

Voters will also choose candidates to run for U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Four Democratic candidates are vying to replace US Republican Representative Louie Gohmert: Victor Dunn, Gavin Dass, Stephen Kocen and Jrmar Jefferson are on the Democratic ballot in March.

Republican candidates running include businessman Joe McDaniel, Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran, former Gohmert staffer Aditya “AD” Atholi and John Porro of Dallas.