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By CHARLES RICHARDS
Paris attorney Will Biard captured the 62nd State District judgeship Tuesday night, defeating State Rep. Ervin Cain by a 96-vote margin — 6,218 (50.4 percent) to 6,122 (49.6 percent).
He carried Lamar County, the largest of the four-county region that is served by the court, winning 64 percent of the votes. That was just enough to withstand Cain’s edge in Hopkins (Sulphur Springs), Franklin (Mount Vernon), and Delta (Cooper) counties.
In another high-interest race locally, Scott Cass — the chief deputy for current Sheriff B.J. McCoy, scored a decisive victory over longtime former law enforcement officer Johnny Williams. Cass received 4,341 votes (61.5 percent) to 2,516 (35.7) for Williams.
Lawrence Malone won the GOP nomination for county commissioner of Precinct 1, receiving 1,117 votes (68.7 percent) to 510 votes (31.4 percent) for challenger Dennis Johnson.
In an often contentious race for county commissioner of Precinct 3, Rodney Pollard won back the job he lost four years ago to Kevin Jenkins, when a wave of Republican voters meant victory to almost everyone running under the GOP banner. Pollard trailed after the early vote, but came on strong to win, 945 (52.5 percent) to 854 (47.5 percent).
Madaline Chance, who became Precinct 1 constable four years ago when incumbent Randy Boren ran unsuccessfully for sheriff, successfully won her bid for re-election, but by a razor-thin margin. Chance led after the early vote, then fell behind after the first few boxes came in from Tuesday’s vote. But she surged ahead again at the end and won by 14 votes — 503 (50.7 percent) to 489 (94.3 percent).
Cindy Ruthart repelled the challenge of former Paris mayor Jesse James Freelen to win re-election to Justice of the Peace of Precinct 5, Place 1. Ruthart got 2,149 votes (68.4 percent) to 991 (31.6 percent) for Freelen.
In other contested local races, Larry Cope won the GOP primary for Constable of Precinct 3 without a runoff, getting 743 votes (59.5 percent) to 379 votes (30.0 percent) for Steven C. Hill, and 133 votes (10.5 percent) for Sam Hurst.
Gene C. Hobbs Jr. outpolled Jimmy Hodges 1,675 (59.7 percent) to 1,129 votes (40.3 percent) to win the GOP primary for constable of Precinct 5.
In the only contested local Democratic race, county Democratic chairman Brady Fisher won re-election over Mike Mosher by 398 (64.9 percent) to 215 (35.1 percent).
Lamar County gave Biard a 1,938-vote margin — 4,437 to 2,499. Cain won Delta County 447 (51.9 percent) to 414 (48.1 percent); Franklin County by 1,295 (68.9 percent) to 584 (31.1 percent); and Hopkins County by 1,881 (70.6 percent) to 783 (29.4 percent).
Both candidates were in the Republican primary. Biard will win without opposition in the November general election, since there is no Democrat opponent, and will take office next January.
“A win’s a win,” Biard said, adding that he was ”on my knees praying” while he sweated out the two hours it took for the last four boxes in Franklin County to be counted.
“I had a big turnout and a lot of supporters in Lamar County, so that was helpful. I feel good. I’m excited. It’s going to be fun,” Biard said.
Biard succeeds District Judge Scott McDowell, who did not seek reelection.
For results of all elections on the Republican and Democratic ballots in Lamar County, go to:
For a summary of statewide results in the Republican Primary, or for any other county’s voting in the GOP primary, go to:
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