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Bates, Collins march to victories in constable races

Christopher Bates in Precinct 2 and Eddie Collins in Precinct 8 will remain Jefferson County constables following Tuesday’s primary election, barring any unlikely challenge from an independent or write-in nominee for the November election.

Bates received 1,989 votes, or 68.13%, to Port Arthur Police Officer Terry Tran’s 928 (31.87 percent), as he sought a third four-year term as constable. Collins, who has been a constable since 1990, had 1,002 votes to Gene Winston’s 763, a margin of 56.77% to 43.23%.

Winston is Bates’ deputy chief and served under Collins for 10 years prior to joining Bates’ office seven years ago. Collins is the first black constable in Jefferson County.

Also on the Democratic ticket, Anthony Cooper won the race for Jefferson County Precinct 70 chair with 190 votes to David E. Ball’s 96 (66.43% to 33.57%).

The Democratic Party will see a new chair in Jefferson County as Joseph Trahan won with 9,061 votes, or 50.71%. Ava Graves, who stepped into the role vacated by Cade Bernsen last September, received 6,583 votes (36.84%), while Port Arthur native Paul Martin earned only 2,225 votes (12.45%).

Graves was the first African American and the second woman to serve as party chair.

Of 146,703 registered voters in Jefferson County, 35,239 ballots were cast.

 

Jefferson County Primary Election Results

Democratic Party

  • President: Joseph R. Biden 9,768, Bernie Sanders 3,974, Michael Bloomberg 3,777, Elizabeth Warren 1,077, Pete Buttigieg 473, Amy Klobuchar 248, Michael Bennet 241, Cory Booker 155, Tom Steyer 101, Andrew Yang 96, Tulsi Gabbard 55, Julian Castro 46, Marianne Williamson 45, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente 39, John K. Delaney 28, Robby Wells 28, Deval Patrick 16
  • U.S. Senator: Royce West 4,357, Michael Cooper 4,219, Chris Bell 2,555, Amanda K. Edwards 1,362, Mary “M.J.” Hegar 1,271, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez 1,033, Annie “Mama” Garcia 934, Jack Daniel Foster Jr. 786, Sema Hernandez 585, Victor Hugo Harris 394, Adrian Ocegueda 311, D.R. Hunter 177
  • U.S. Representative, District 14: Adrienne Bell 10,197, Eddie Fisher 2,480, Mikal Williams 2,072, Sanjanetta Barnes 1,779, Robert “Puga” Thomas 1,057
  • Texas Railroad Commissioner: Mark Watson 4,813, Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo 4,640, Kelly Stone 3,704, Chrysta Castañeda 3,132
  • Texas Chief Justice Supreme Court: Amy Clark Meachum 11,408, Jerry Zimmerer 4,825
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 6, unexpired term: Kathy Cheng 10,148, Larry Praeger 5,898
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 7: Staci Williams 12,213, Brandy Voss 4,094
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 8: Gisela D. Triana 9,968, Peter Kelly 6,114
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 3: Elizabeth Davis Frizell 9,115, Dan Wood 3,951, William Pieratt Demond 2,794
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 4: Tina Clinton 11,611, Steven Miears 4,138
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 9: Brandon Birmingham 14,277
  • Texas State Senator, District 4: Jay Stittleburg 13,957
  • Texas State Representative, District 22: Joe Deshotel 14,082
  • Jefferson County District Judge, 60th Judicial District: Justin Gary Sanderson 14,986
  • Jefferson County District Judge, 136th Judicial District: Baylor Wortham 15,385
  • Jefferson County Sheriff: Zena Stephens, 18,056
  • Jefferson County Commissioner, Precinct 3: Michael Shane Sinegal, 4,266
  • Jefferson County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1: Naomi Showers Doyle 3,415, George Milhouse 2,562, Cathy Bennett Dollinger 1,742
  • Jefferson County Constable, Precinct 1: Jevonne “J.C.” Pollard 3,941, Donald Jackson 3,523
  • Jefferson County Constable, Precinct 2: Christopher L. Bates 1,989, Terry Tran 928
  • Jefferson County Constable, Precinct 6: Joe “QB” Stevenson 2,087, Dana (Big) Baker 1,533
  • Jefferson County Constable, Precinct 8: Eddie Collins 1,002, Gene Winston 763
  • Jefferson County Chair: Joseph Paul Trahan 9,061, Ava Y. Graves 6,583, Paul M. Martin 2,225
  • Jefferson County Precinct 70 Chair: Anthony Cooper 190, David Ball 96
  • Proposition 1 (Right to healthcare): Yes 18,240, No 1,023
  • Proposition 2 (Right to a 21st-century education): Yes 18,372, No 874
  • Proposition 3 (Right to clean air, safe water and a responsible climate policy): Yes 18,749, No 513
  • Proposition 4 (Right to economic security): Yes 18,377, No 809
  • Proposition 5 (Right to dignity and respect): Yes 18,412, No 736
  • Proposition 6 (Right to be free from violence): Yes 18,646, No 577
  • Proposition 7 (Right to housing): Yes 18,050, No 1,037
  • Proposition 8 (Right to vote): Yes 18,294, No 846
  • Proposition 9 (Right to a fair criminal justice system): Yes 18,514, No 596
  • Proposition 10 (Immigrant rights): Yes 17,812, No 1,194
  • Proposition 11 (Right to fair taxation): Yes 17,436, No 1,525

Republican Party

  • President: Donald J. Trump 13,913, uncommitted 238, Joe Walsh 59, Matthew John Matern 51, Bill Weld 48, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Guerra 30, Bob Ely 8, Zoltan G. Istvan 4
  • U.S. Senator: John Cornyn 11,064, Dwayne Stovall 1,335, Mark Yancey 685, John Anthony Castro 333, Virgil Bierschwale 119
  • U.S. Representative, District 14: Randy Weber 12,004, Joshua Foxworth 1,597
  • Texas Railroad Commissioner: James “Jim” Wright 8,472, Ryan Sitton 3,898
  • Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice: Nathan Hecht 11,547
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 6, unexpired term: Jane Bland 11,431
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 7: Jeff Boyd, 11,497
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 8: Brett Busby, 11,413
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 3: Bert Richardson 7,402, Gina Parker 4,525
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 4: Kevin Patrick Yeary 11,383
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 9: David Newell 11,386
  • Texas State Senator, District 4: Brandon Creighton 11,737
  • Texas State Representative, District 21: Dade Phelan 7,836
  • Texas State Representative, District 22: Jacorion Randle 4,105
  • Texas 9th Court of Appeals Chief Justice: Colleen Cordts Rice 2,553, Chuck “Charles B” Meyer 2,420, Scott Golemon 2,299, Jay Wright 2,239, Jarrod Lee Walker 2,066
  • Jefferson County Sheriff: David Odom 11,770, Emil Serda 1,124
  • Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector: Allison Nathan Getz 12,325
  • Jefferson County Commissioner, Precinct 1: Vernon Pierce 4,128
  • Jefferson County Constable, Precinct 1: Mark Mann, 3,976
  • Jefferson County Constable, Precinct 4: Bryan Werner 1,620
  • Jefferson County Constable, Precinct 7: Robert “Bobby” Adams Jr. 4,974
  • Jefferson County Chair: Judy Nichols 11,541
  • Proposition 1 (No restriction or prohibition of prayer in public schools): Yes 12,881, No 1,267
  • Proposition 2 (Reject restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms): Yes 12,842, No 1,639
  • Proposition 3 (Ban practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying): Yes 13,261, No 711
  • Proposition 4 (Support construction of physical barrier and use defense-grade surveillance equipment along entire southern border of Texas): Yes 13,569, No 487
  • Proposition 5 (Parents, legal guardians of public school children under 18 are sole decision makers for healthcare): Yes 12,853, No 1,090
  • Proposition 6 (Ban chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and genital mutilation surgery on all minor children): Yes 13,343, No 619
  • Proposition 7 (Protect and preserve historical property): Yes 13,923, No 149
  • Proposition 8 (Purge illegal voters from voter rolls): Yes 13,922, No 121
  • Proposition 9 (Bail based only on person’s danger to society and risk of flight): Yes 13,456, No 562
  • Proposition 10 (Limit state legislators’ terms to 12 years): Yes 12,855, No 1,066

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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