By Bill Spinks

Former Ellis County deputy sheriff Brad Norman has won the runoff election for the Republican nomination for sheriff, ousting incumbent Sheriff Chuck Edge after one full term.

With all precincts reporting, unofficial results following Tuesday’s vote showed Norman with 4,212 votes, or 58.63 percent, to Edge’s 2,972, or 41.37 percent.

Norman will have no Democratic opposition in November.

"Well folks, after what has got to be one of the longest campaigns in history due to COVID-19, we are done," Norman said in a lengthy post on Instagram. "I want to thank the citizens of Ellis County for your support and confidence to elect me as your next Sheriff.

"I want to thank Sheriff Chuck Edge for running a clean race. He and I spoke again yesterday at the polls, and we both agreed we would be glad when it’s over. I look forward to working with him through the transition.

"I vow to be responsible to the citizens of Ellis County and to run the Sheriff’s Office with honesty and integrity and uphold the path to the US Constitution and the Texas Constitution I swore when I pinned on my first badge in 1998. May God bless you, and may God bless Ellis County."

Most of Norman’s 20 years in law enforcement was spent with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, where he served as commander of the Special Investigation Unit, operations captain and chief deputy for former Sheriff Johnny Brown.

Norman got the most votes in the March 3 primary with 44 percent of the vote to Edge’s 34 percent, but both headed to a runoff after neither received a majority of votes.

Edge, a law enforcement veteran and a former Waxahachie chief of police, was appointed in April 2017 to fill the unexpired term of Brown, who resigned following a New Year’s Eve fight at a Whataburger in Midlothian. Edge was elected to a full two-year term in 2018.

"Well, obviously not the result we were looking for," Edge posted on Facebook following the tallying of votes. "I thank you all for your support in this endeavor and I will finish out this term strong and work to complete our projects. I will be in touch soon."

Meanwhile, in the Democratic runoff on Tuesday, Mary "MJ" Hegar won the statewide nomination to face incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in November. However, state Sen. Royce West carried Ellis County by almost a 2-1 margin, gaining 3,185 votes to Hegar’s 1,605.

In the Democratic runoff for state Railroad Commissioner, Chrysta Castaneda won the county vote with 2,789 votes to 1,866 for Roberto R. "Beto" Alonzo. Castaneda won the runoff statewide with 61.95 percent of the vote.