NEW BOSTON, Texas — Bowie County’s Meet the Candidates and Straw Poll election event Saturday night contained one close race.
Of the four county races slated for the March 3 Primary, the sheriff’s race came in the closest, with both George Huggins and current Bowie County Chief Deputy Jeff Neal coming to within a few votes
of each other.
Results show Neal coming in with a slight lead at 182 to Huggins’ 177.
Other vote totals showed 5th District Incumbent Judge Bill Miller collecting 241 votes to Challenger Monty Murray’s 116, while Precinct Road Commissioner 3 Challenger Kyle Barrett took 200 votes compared to Incumbent James Strain’s 107.
As for the Tax Assessor-Collector position, Challenger Josh Davis garnered 248 votes to Incumbent Ramona Dawson-Norman’s 107.
About 475 people attended the two-hour event. Through the years the straw poll has usually drawn about 300 to 600 spectators and voter participants.
The next candidate forum will be held Feb. 22 at James Bowie High School in Simms, Texas. An exact time is still pending.