By CLINT FOSTER
The dust from Tuesday's primary elections has settled and it was the incumbents who ruled the day in Palo Pinto County.
With only one Democrat running for a county seat that would be contested in November's general election, the bulk of county races began and ended in the Republican primary. Of the 13 races for GOP county offices, only three were contested – County Judge, District Clerk and County Clerk – all of which saw incumbents emerge victorious.
District Clerk Janie Glover won by the largest margin among county candidates, securing her fourth consecutive term over Stacie Frye with 80.2 percent of the vote, 2,337-577.
County Judge David Nicklas locked up his second term with a comfortable 73.85 percent of the vote. Surrounded by family members of all ages, he watched as his vote totals grew to 2,155 compared to competitor Earnest Pechacek's 763.
"I really appreciate the support the voters of the county have given me," he said after the final precinct rolled in. "I'm really looking forward to another four years of prosperity with all the exciting things going on in Palo Pinto County right now."
County Clerk Janette Green had the closest race. Opponents Debbie Murray and Jessica Wright split the vote, and Green came away with a narrow victory with 50.83 percent, earning 1,446 votes.
Democrat Theresa Crosier unseated incumbent and write-in Ida Nickerson for Democratic County Chair. In an email to her constituents, Nickerson welcomed the county's new Democratic chair with open arms.
"I will finish my term and go back to doing what I love: serving you and this county through our beloved restaurant [Shotgun's BBQ]," she said.
With the primary elections over, the only local race that remains for Palo Pinto County voters is that of Precinct 4 Commissioner.