Beierle, Hurst win Burnet County runoffs

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Damon Beierle and Jane Marie Hurst will take office in January after winning the Republican primary runoff for their respective races Tuesday night in final but unofficial results.

Beierle defeated Tom Stephens in the race for Precinct 2 Commissioner, 759-705, in a very close race to see who would succeed incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, who chose not to seek re-election. Beierle was endorsed by Graeter while Stephens was endorsed by former Commissioner Carroll McCoy.

With no Democratic opponent on the ballot for the November general election, Beierle, a member of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce board of directors and owner of Double Eagle entertainment, will be sworn into office on Jan. 1 at the Burnet County Courthouse.

“I’m very proud of the voters of Precinct 2; runoff elections usually have a low turnout, but the turnout was high and that shows how important this position is to the citizens,” Beierle said. “To be elected as your next county commissioner is an honor and I’m humbled by the support.

“I look forward to serving all the citizens of Pct. 2. I will spend the next six months shadowing Russell Graeter so that I can jump right in on Jan. 1 and be an effective leader right from the start.”

Beierle said he wants to be a commissioner who serves all of the residents of Precinct 2, regardless of whether they supported him politically or not.

“I will make sure that I communicate with everyone and represent all of Precinct 2 equally,” Beierle said. “I didn’t make a lot of campaign promises, except that I promise to work hard each and every day to help lead Burnet County into the future.”

Meanwhile, Hurst defeated Jeff Sellers in a contentious race for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, 316-255, after the two had advanced from the March primary. Hurst had the backing of incumbent Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Peggy Shell Simon, who did not seek re-election.

Supporters of both candidates had taken to social media to engage in not only campaigning for their friends, but aggressively campaigning against their opponents as accusations flew against both candidates online in a race to win an office considered to be one of the closest to the electorate.

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