Early voting begins today in two Walker County Republican primary runoff elections.

Early runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county annex on Sam Houston Avenue and continues through Friday.

The primary runoff election will be held April 13 for the county clerk and Precinct 3 justice of the peace positions.

The winners of both runoffs advance to the general election to face opposition on the Democratic ballot.

David Standlee and Kari French seek the GOP nomination for county clerk, while Susan McGilberry Embry and Mark Holt will meet for the Precinct 3 JP spot.

The three-way contested race for county clerk was extremely close with Standlee and French winning out over Ruth White Bond.

Standlee received 1,794 or 34.92 percent of the votes while French received 1,712 or 33.33 percent. Bond followed with 1,631 or 31.75 percent of the vote.

For the Precinct 3 JP position, Holt received 382 or 40.04 percent of the vote while Embry received 292 or 30.61 percent.

The Standlee-French winner faces Democrat Paula Turner in November. The Holt-Embry winner goes against Democrat Denisa Loveday on Nov. 2.

Turner was unopposed in the March 2 primary while Loveday defeated Glenn Peck 269-160.

Voters who cast ballots in the GOP primary election are eligible to vote in the runoffs along with voters who did not vote in either the GOP or Democratic primary.

Voters who cast ballots in the Democratic primary cannot vote in the GOP runoff.

In the March primary election, 4,479 voters cast ballots at 13 polling locations in the county.

Overall, 7,007 ballots were cast for a voter turnout of 23.74 percent, including 5,537 Republican votes and 1,470 Democratic votes.

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