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Denton County Elections: Justices of the Peace for Precincts 1 to 6

Denton County Elections: Justices of the Peace for Precincts 1 to 6

Denton County Elections: Justices of the Peace for Precincts 1 to 6
November 08
01:32 2018

Staff writer Isabella Ahmed co-write this article.

On Nov. 6, 2018, Denton County local elections for Justices of the Peace in Precincts 1 to 6 were held. The Justice of the Peace seats for Precincts 1 to 6, previously all held by Republican candidates, won a majority of the seats in Precincts 1 to 5.

In Precinct 1, the race was between incumbent Joe Holland (R) and Keri Anne Caruthers (D). Holland won the seat with 53.96 percent of the votes at 25,150 in total. Caruthers lost with 21,457 votes, or 46.04 percent of the votes cast.

In Precinct 2, the race was between incumbent James R DePiazza (R), Maureen Kursh Reister (D) and George K. Reynolds (L). DePiazza, who has been Justice of the Peace since 2006, was elected to serve another term, as he received 55.42 percent of the votes cast. Reister and Reynolds totaled 41.75 percent and 2.83 percent of the votes, respectively.

For Precinct 3’s open seat, the race was between James Kerbow (R) and Marianne Poer Vander Stoep (D). Kerbow received 54.79 percent of the votes vast, and won the seat. Vander Stoep lost, with 45.21 percent of voters supporting her. According to the Lewisville Texan Journal, Vander Stoep is the first Democratic candidate for JP Precinct 3 in 20 years.

For Precinct 4’s open seat, the race was between Michael J. Calloway (D) and Harris Hughey (R). Hughey received a majority of the votes, with 68.2 percent of voters supporting him. Calloway received less than half the number of votes Hughey did, with 31.8 percent of voters supporting him.

In Precinct 5, the race was between incumbent Mike Oglesby (R), Sam Ortiz (D) and Edsel Boler (L). Mike Oglesby has been Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5 since 2015, and will keep his seat for another term after receiving 56.97 percent of the votes cast. Ortiz and Boler received 39.85 percent and 3.19 percent of the votes cast, respectively.

In Precinct 6, the race was between Incumbent Gary W. Blanscet (R) and Chris Lopez (D). Lopez edged out Blanscet, who has been Justice of the Peace for Precinct 6 since 2015, by receiving 51.12 percent of the votes to Blanscet’s 48.88 percent. Lopez was the only Democratic candidate to win a Justice of the Peace seat in Denton County this election.

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