Possible Trend Emerging After Runoff Elections

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS--The trend we're talking about isn't just local.  It's happening all over.  Incumbents are not getting re-elected to their public offices, regardless of the parties they represent.

The votes have been counted and it appears there will be lots of new faces in county offices across West Texas.

Some of the races were won and lost, back in March, during the primaries.  Others were too close to call and had to be decided in runoff elections on Tuesday.

In Presidio County, Judge Jerry Agan lost his place to first time candidate, Paul Hunt by a 773-400 vote.

Upton County will seat a new judge too.  Vickki Bradley lost her race against Bill Eyler by a 40% margin.

In Gaines County, it was a closer race but the same results.  Judge Tom Keyes will vacate his office to make way for new judge, Lance Celander, who took the spot 924-821.

But it was Reeves County that saw the most change.  Not one, but three incumbents were dethroned.  County Judge Sam Contreras will be replaced by former county commissioner, Dr. Won Bang, along with two other commissioners that lost their bids for re-election.

According to John Fulbright, managing editor of The Pecos Enterprise, Contreras' loss comes as no surprise, since he narrowly avoided losing in March, thanks to a third candidate, which forced the race into a runoff.

NewsWest 9 tried to contact the county judges, old and new, for comments on the elections.  None of them were available to take our calls.