By Moses Leos III
An Election Day rally by Hays County Precinct No. 5 constable candidate Mitch Johnson wasn’t enough to keep candidate John Ellen from claiming the seat in Tuesday’s runoff election.
Ellen won the seat Tuesday with 57.48 percent of the vote, according to unofficial, final election results.
Ellen, who collected 219 of the 381 total ballots cast, led Johnson by a 122-67 margin after early voting results were released.
Johnson rallied on Election Day by collecting 95 votes, but was unable to close the gap on Ellen, who garnered 97 votes.
Ellen wins the seat currently held by Pct. 5 constable Matt Mancillias III, whose reelection bid fell short during the March 1 primary.
Ellen and Johnson squared off in Tuesday’s runoff after neither candidate received the majority of the vote in the general election.
In the runoff for the Pct. 127 Republican primary, Rex Wiegand defeated Damon Fogley by collecting 24 of the 42 total ballots to claim the seat.
Wiegand held a narrow 8-7 lead after early voting results, but pulled away on Election Day by collecting 59 percent of the 27 ballots cast.
According to election results, 1.2 percent of voters in Hays County, or 2,756 of 217,230 voters, cast ballots in Tuesday’s runoff.
Precinct No. 5 Constable
• John Ellen – 219 total votes (122 early and absentee voting) – 57.48%
• Mitch Johnson – 162 total votes (67 early and absentee voting) – 42.52%
Precinct No. 127 Chairman
• Rex Wiegand – 24 total votes (8 early and absentee voting) – 57.14%
• Damon Fogley – 18 total votes (7 early and absentee voting) – 42.86%
Precinct No. 317 Chairman
• Kent Patteson – 4 total votes (2 early voting and absentee) – 57.14%
• Shelly Walker Kramer – 3 total votes (0 early voting and absentee) – 42.86%