The four-county race for District Judge of the 106th Judicial District essentially was decided on Tuesday night, while the local three-person race for District Clerk of Dawson County was forced into a runoff election.
In the Republican Party Primary Election race for District Judge, according to unofficial election returns on Tuesday night, Reed Filley was declared as the winner over W. Calloway Huffaker.
Filley claimed 2,802 (55 percent) of the total votes in the district-wide election, while Huffaker received 2,283 (45 percent) of the votes.
Dawson County voters favored Filley with 887 votes to 610 for Huffaker, while Filley also was the leading candidate in Gaines County (1,149 to 802) and Garza County (340 to 234). Huffaker carried Lynn County, where both candidates reside, with 637 votes to Filley’s 426.
Filley and Huffaker are attorneys who both live in Tahoka. Huffaker maintains his law offices in Tahoka, while Filley has law offices in Lamesa.
Since no one sought the nomination for District Judge in the Democratic Party Primary Election, Filley will be unopposed in the November General Election.
Current District Judge Carter T. Schildknecht will be stepping down from the district judge’s bench at the end of this year. She was not eligible to seek another term due to the age limit for district judges in the state.
District Clerk candidates Tobie McCormick and Adreana Gonzalez, who currently are co-workers in that office, will face each other in a Republican Party Primary Runoff Election on May 22 to determine who will take over as District Clerk in 2019.

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