Despite the votes being split six ways and a heavily campaigned race, John Erisman took the city marshal’s position with nearly 300 votes more than his nearest competitor.

Erisman, an Ennis Police Department veteran was sworn in this week and has taken on the duties of the marshal’s office. Over 1,700 ballots were cast in the city marshal race with the votes split as follows:

Erisman - 665, Domingo Galban - 114, Greg Housewright - 231, Sid Lopez - 370, Bill McBee - 267 and Daryl Spence - 70.

The lone race for a city commission seat in Ward 2 saw the incumbent, Carolyn Frazier retain her spot, defeating her opponent Ken Spicer by a total of 50 votes.

The heavily debated $53.875 million county bond issue was narrowly passed by voters.

With a total of 6,927 votes cast, the referendum was approved by a margin of 437 votes — 3,682 for and 3,245 against.

“In a lot of respects, there is a sense of excitement about the passage of the bond, but there’s also a sense of humbleness,” County Judge Chad Adams said. “I knew it’d be close, but I just didn’t know which way, to be honest.”

The passage of the bond represents a renewed trust in the county government, Adams said, explaining that “over the last four years, we’ve worked to re-establish a trusting relationship with the citizens, and the citizens have responded with this ‘here you go. Now we’re going to see if we can continue to trust you.’ ”

An important step in helping continue to build that trust will be the citizen’s oversight committee, Adams and Pct. 3 Commissioner Heath Sims said.

“I think we’ve got to do what we told the people,” Sims added. “It’s a good step for the county, but now we’ve got to move forward and do what we’ve said.”

“I think people know the time is right, the growth is here, and it wasn’t going to get any cheaper,” Sims added.

In other election results:

X — Denotes winners

State Constitutional Amendment:

(Ellis County results only)

For - 5,999

Against - 930

Ennis City Commission

Ward 2

X — Carolyn C. Frazier (I) - 87

Ken Spicer - 37

Ward 4

X — Lola R. Searcy (I) - 94

Ward 6

X — Robert Taylor (I) - 1,279

Garrett Local Option:

X — For - 68

Against - 33

Garrett City Council

Mayor

X — Florinda Smith (I) - 57

Jeff Wise - 50

Place 1

X — Russell Lee - 83

Place 2

X — Matt Newsom (I) - 86

Garrett local option (alcohol)

X — For - 68

Against - 33

Italy City Council

Mayor

X — Frank Jackson (I) - 262

David Glass - 9

Wanda Hugghins - 68

Italy City Council

2 seats (at large)

X — Rodney Guthrie (I) - 226

Victor Delephimne - 49

Keith Helms - 130

X — Mark Souder Sr. - 136

Italy ISD

3 seats (at large)

Jackie Cate - 197

Bryant Cockran - 141

X — Curtis Riddle - 212

X — Larry Eubank - 278

X — Cindy Carter - 217

Robert Hodge Jr. - 190

Palmer City Council

Mayor

Greg Penny - 104

X - Lance Anglin - 227

City Council

2 seats (at large)

X - Kenneth Bateman (I) 231

Carol Moore (I) 100

X - Dianne Drewery - 210

Palmer ISD

2 seats (at large)

X — Tim Birdwell - 167

James Brazier - 80

X — Darrell Lassetter (I) - 193

Brett Silberstein - 27

Ranee Sparkman - 115

Shelli Vercell (I) - 111