No contest. The 33rd Judicial District's District Attorney Republican race, so close in the general election, turned into a runaway in the July 31 runoff. Wiley "Sonny" McAfee disposed of Angela Dowdle, 63.5% to 36.5% in the four counties in the district.
McAfee, who lost Burnet and San Saba counties in the four county region in the May 29 primary, won Burnet, Tuesday, 2,806 votes to 1,906, and he captured San Saba, 473-309. McAfee garnered bigger percentage victories in Llano-2,160-1,074-and Blanco county-801-348.
Dowdle, an attorney in Burnet, had waged a strong campaign that tore into McAfee for being somewhat new to the Hill Country. McAfee's rebuttal was he had much more prosecutorial experience than his opponent. He sent out a forceful flyer near the end of the runoff, which also stressed Republican sheriffs and seven retired Texas Rangers supported him.
"We did a lot of work in all four counties," said McAfee. "We had supporters who really talked old-fashioned politics and introduced me to the voters.
"My goal in office is to get rid of the backlog of cases, especially those involving the abuse of children.
"We want to set in place a team approach for solving and prosecuting cases."
Peter Jones, a man born and raised in England, has defeated Tom Engler in the Republican runoff for Llano County Commissioner, Precinct 1. That includes Horseshoe Bay, Blue Lake, Sunrise Beach, and part of Kingsland. Jones won the contest 817 votes to 730. He and his wife, Kathy, have been Horseshoe Bay residents for close to eight years. Before that, they were in China.
"I got a tremendous level of support from the different communities," declared Jones, who, professionally, was an international financial business manager. This was his first-ever participation in a political skirmish.
"I worked very hard at the election process," he added, contacting as many as 2,000 residents.
In office, Jones wants to use his background in the world of money to display his expertise, as the county establishes budgets and tax rates.
In the GOP battle for nomination for the U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz led Lt. Governor David Dewhurst 56% to 44% with 67% of the votes counted Tuesday night near 10 o'clock.