Langley, Matzke the Big Winners Tuesday

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In two close Brazos County court races, Judge J.D. Langley and Amanda Matzke emerged victorious in their respective races Tuesday.

After winning yet another election for 85th District Court, Langley actually provided a moment of brevity.

"Well, if I haven't lost my temper in this campaign, I probably don't have an anger management problem," Langley joked.

In the end, Langley prevailed in an election cycle he called the dirtiest he's ever seen. Attorney David Barron fell short by a 53-47 percent margin. At one point, Barron was within 60 votes of Langley, but the latter boxes put the incumbent ahead for good.

"During the runoff, there was some major publicity about myself, about owing taxes, and that probably had an impact," Barron said.

"I intend to go ahead and continue to treat Mr. Barron just as I treat everyone else in the courtroom," Langley said. "Politics does not belong in the courtroom."

In the less-heated runoff, attorney Amanda Matzke edged assistant DA Jay Granberry to earn the right to face Democrat Allen Segal in November for Brazos County Court at Law #1. Matzke said she believes the clean campaigns of herself and her opponent will bring any Granberry voters to her.

"I've gotten that reaction from a lot of people, so I certainly hope not," Matzke said. "I hope we can all join together for the election in November."

"I ran as hard as I could, as smart as I could, but I don't know," Granberry said. "I'll have to think about it, but right now, I did everything I knew to possibly do."

The Matzke victory was even more slim: less than 100 votes separated the two.

For complete vote totals from across the Brazos Valley, click on the Election Results section of