ORANGE — A run-off election will be needed to decide the next Orange County Judge.
Arguably the most anticipated race in the Orange County Republican Primary was the contest for Orange County Judge which featured four well-qualified candidates, Mike White, Mike Hamilton, John Dubose and Brint Carlton. Following Tuesday’s results, a run-off election will be required on May 27 between Dubose and Carlton
Dubose led the way with 2,679 votes and was followed by Carlton with 2,137. Hamilton obtained 1,809 and White had 1,702.
"I had people telling me late Monday that I wouldn't even make the run-off," Dubose said after the results were announced. "I'm quite happy and pleased with the vote."
Dubose said the whole county has changed its position over the past several years, and he believes that change of thinking has helped him advance to the run-off in May.
"I've always been a conservative voter, and my actions when I was on commissioners court reflect that," Dubose added. "I plan on getting out and working hard to secure the votes and I look forward to winning the run-off election and serving as the next Orange County Judge."
Carlton was equally as pleased with the results and already setting his sights on May 27.
"I'm very happy, and humbled, with the results and that so many citizens in Orange County thought enough of me to give me their vote," Carlton said. "I didn't know what to expect going into this election, but I feel fortunate to be in the top two and heading into a run-off. We'll get ready and do it all over again in May."
A four-person race for Orange County Commissioner in Precinct 2 will require a run-off election in May as well as Barry Burton and Ron Cowling had the majority of the ballots. Burton received 806 votes, while Cowling had 789. Ted Williams obtained 365 and Jason Denman received 354.
There was a highly contested race for the Republican nomination for Orange County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 3 between Joy Dubose-Simonton and Candice Conroy Steele. However, it was Dubose-Simonton who secured the majority of the votes by a count of 1,278 to 983. She will now oppose Janice Menard, the Democratic incumbent Orange County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 3, in November.