Largely Wide Margins of Victory in Brazos County

Brazos County residents made their voices heard in Tuesday's midterm election. County officials say 30,650 residents voted out of the 86,771 registered to vote.

In the race for Brazos County Court at Law Number 1, Brazos County prosecutor Amanda Matzke beat longtime attorney Allen Segal with 63 percent of the vote.

Matzke has spent the last 10 years as a assistant county attorney, and said she is ready to use her experience in the courtroom on the bench.

"Obviously, I'm very happy," said Matzke. "I'm just so thankful for everybody here who went out and voted and supported me through this entire process, through three elections now and eight months. And I'm just so thankful for everybody going out and voting."

In the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1, Vera Lara-Hooge was the clear victor over city of Bryan prosecutor Albert Navarro, with Lara-Hooge garnering 71 percent of the votes. According to her, she'll become the first Hispanic woman to hold elected office in Brazos County.

"I just feel it's a great feeling," Lara-Hooge said. "This is the second time that I've run for office, and to succeed, it's a great feeling. I just can't explain it."

Lara-Hooge currently serves as the administrative assistant for the 85th District Court.

Ramiro "Big Q" Quintero has held the position of Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 since 1998 and will serve another four years. Quintero beat Michael Fleming, a retired sales manager and former College Station school board member. Quintero's win was by a small margin, as he earned 43 percent of the vote to Fleming's 39 percent. Libertarian Linda Wilbert won 18 percent.

"I'm all excited , I'm glad it's over and can put it in the past and go back to work," said Quintero. "I'm just a little exhausted."

Twelve-year Precinct 4 Commissioner Carey Cauley will maintain his place on the court. The Democrat beat former Bryan City Councilman Paul Madison with 59 percent of the vote.

"It's a victory for the people who voted and voted for me," said Cauley. "My victory is their victory. I represent them all, and I'm thankful they thought enough of what I've done to return me to office for four more years."

Three incumbent Republicans also retained the county positions. Precinct 2's constable, Donald Lampo won his race, as did County Clerk Karen McQueen and County Judge Randy Sims. All three earned victories over Libertarian challengers.