With 50.94 percent of the vote, Austin County Precinct 4 voters elected Douglas King as their next commissioner in Tuesday’s runoff election.
King earned 463 votes to challenger Joe Ray Krenek’s 446, or 49.06 percent.
Krenek showed a strong start when early voting totals put him in the lead early in the night with 89 early votes to King’s 71, but King ended the night on top.
“I would like to thank all the voters for taking the time to come out during the runoff election and vote,” King said Tuesday following the results. “It’s going to be an honor to serve the people. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help the precinct and the people of the county.”
No recount had been requested as of Tuesday evening, according to Austin County Election Administrator Janice Kokemor. The vote was not close enough for the county to conduct an automatic recount, she said.
One provisional ballot cast in Precinct 4 was not counted, she noted.
King and Krenek first faced off in the March Republican primary election, when King walked away with 450 votes to Krenek’s 375, with neither taking more than 50 percent of the vote. The results pushed the two into Tuesday’s runoff election.
Area voters also sent Republican Jeff Steinhauser to the 155th Judicial District Judge November general election with a total of 3,164 votes in Austin, Fayette and Waller counties to fellow Republican Conrad Day’s three-county total of 2,898.
Locally, Day carried Austin County with 1,592 votes to Steinhauser’s 1,043.