Keffer keeps House seat; Grober, Gwinn set for JP runoff

Incumbent Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) gets to keep the District 60 house seat he first won in 1996. Keffer garnered 56 percent of the vote, winning every county in the district except for Hood, where challenger Cullen Crisp won a solid 67 percent of the vote in his home territory. Other counties in the district include Coleman, Eastland, Brown, Callahan, Palo Pinto, Shackelford and Stephens.

“I’ve very pleased, obviously, with the outcome of the race,” Keffer said at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday from his home, where he held an election night party with a number of Hood County supporters in attendance. He added: “I just appreciate so much those in Hood County who stood with me.”

Crisp, whose supporters gathered at Harbor Lakes Golf Club, said that the number of votes he received indicates that many people in the district are ready for a change.

Some who gathered at American Town Hall to watch election returns were surprised at the upset in the county clerk race. Newcomer Katie Lang bested incumbent Mary Burnett. County treasurer Kathy Davis, however, won election to another term, besting challenger Rhonda Naylor.

The three-contestant race for the Precinct 3 justice of the peace office being vacated by Judy Watson ended in a runoff between Darell Grober and Kathy Gwinn. Each expressed a feeling of confidence as they prepare for a Tuesday, May 27, runoff.[amt_override]