Stephens wins Democratic nomination for Sheriff’s spot

Published 9:40 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jefferson County Sheriff’s candidate Zena Stephens has won the Democratic spot in the runoff race against opponent Joe “QB” Stevenson.

Stephens earned 5,099 votes or 52.94 percent of the ballots cast while Stevenson came in with 4,532 votes or 47.06 percent of the ballots.

Stephens will face Republican candidate Ray Beck in the November General Election. Beck ran uncontested for his party’s nomination.

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The News attempted to contact Stephens via phone several times but was unable to reach her for comment.

Stephens, the current police chief of Prairie View A&M University, is a former Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy with 26 years experience in law enforcement. Her opponent Stevenson is chief deputy with the Precinct 1 constable’s office and has spent almost 10 years with the sheriff’s office including five years as a book-in desk officer and three years as a D.A.R.E. officer.

Results from other joint primary runoff election races include:

  • Railroad Commissioner (DEM)

Cody Garrett, 3,605 votes or 52.08 percent

Grady Yarbrough, 3,317 or 47.92 percent

  • Railroad Commissioner (REP)

Gary Gates, 483 votes or 54.15 percent

Wayne Christian, 409 votes or 45.85 percent

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 REP)

Ray Wheless, 470 votes or 54.09 percent

Mary Lou Keel, 399 or 45.91 percent

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5 (REP)

Scott Walker, 490 votes or 56.58 percent

Brent Webster, 376 or 43.42 percent