The 2018 primary election results are in. In Harris County, Republican Melanie Flowers beat Alyssa Lemkuil with 64.2% of the vote to run for the post being vacated by the retiring 257th District Judge Judy Warne. Angelina Gooden won the GOP nomination for the 280th by defeating George Clevenger and Geric Tipsword with these results:
Gooden's win was a little suprising because George Clevenger was endorsed by two of the "Big Three" Republican "pay to play" slate endorsers.
In Democratic races in Harris County, Angela Graves-Harrington dominated the race for the 246th with 82% of the votes, Barbara Stalder beat Beth Barron for the 280th with 59.9% of the vote and Linda Dunson defeated Kathy Vossler for the 309th Court with 57.9% of the vote.
Natalia Oakes won the nomination for the 313th Juvenile District Couty with 52.5% of the vote.
The nastiest primary race in the Houston area had to be the Republican primary for Galveston County Judge. Incumbent Mark Henry narrowly defeated District Judge Lonnie Cox 51.81% to 48.19% with a margin of 842 votes. I heard from several local Republicans last night who thought my investigation that questioned whether Judge Cox may have stepped over ethical and legal lines may have tipped the electoral scales against him. Now, the Attorney General can step in for the recused District Attorney and investigate my concerns without regard for effecting an election.
Former Judge Kerri Foley is likely to be judge again as she won the Republican primary over Donnie Quintanilla with 53.29% of the vote. Foley will have a Democratic opponent in November but I do not see Galveston County electing Democrats again any time soon. Foley is almost certain now to replace retiring Judge Barbara Roberts in County Court No. 2.
Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady easily won reelection with 64.5% of the Republican primary vote.
My next issue will have details on the family court judicial races in Harris County now that we know the nominees for both parties.