Incumbent Ellis County Commissioner, Pct. 3 Paul D Perry will retain his seat, according to Tuesday's unofficial election results.
“We are feeling very thankful this morning,” Perry posted on Facebook, Wednesday morning.
Perry, who has served the precinct since 2013, defeated Consultant Richard Rozier.
The incumbent walked away with 2,149 votes or 53.25 percent. Rozier settled for 1,887 votes or 46.75 percent.
“Thank you so much to all who voted for me and have trusted me to represent Precinct 3 for another term,” the commissioner’s posted following the election results Tuesday evening. “Richard Rozier is the first opponent I've had who formally conceded a race. I appreciate his phone call this evening. Thank you especially to all of the volunteers who have poured so many hours into helping my re-election efforts and made it possible to overcome a super campaign. With your help, today I am the first Comm. of this pct to have the opportunity to serve 3 terms in this era.”
The republican also touted his years of experience on the campaign trail, telling voters he was “a dependable conservative voice” who “was encouraged by Ellis County taxpayers to continue to serve.”
“I have voted for and advocated for tax reduction,” he added. “My efforts over the years have resulted in an almost 5 cent decrease in the Ellis County tax rate since I took office.”