Incumbents Pick Up Wins in Key Local Primaries

BRYAN One of the key races in Brazos County for the seat behind the bench of the 361st District Court went to the incumbent Tuesday night.

Steve Smith retained his position, which he's held since 1999. Smith has been behind a Brazos County bench since the late 1980s.

In the Republican primary Tuesday, he defeated local attorneys Michele Esparza and Margaret Meece. Smith earned 58 percent of the vote. Esparza finished second with 27 percent, and Meece picked up 15 percent.

Smith says this will be his last term.

No Democrat is running for the office.

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Texas House District 12 will still be represented by Kyle Kacal.

The Brazos County rancher coasted to a Republican primary win Tuesday, defeating College Station nurse Timothy Delasandro.

The district covers rural portions of Brazos and McLennan Counties, along with all of Robertson, Falls and Limestone Counties, and was formed two years ago. Kacal and Delasandro were among the field who competed for the position then.

Tuesday, Kacal picked up 76 percent of the vote.

Delasandro had worked to paint Kacal as not conservative enough, but Kacal pointed to his work on water infrastructure and rural issues, along with working with West officials after the explosion there.

No other candidates running for this office.

In the only other contested Texas House race for the region, John Otto defeated Terry Holcomb in a Republican primary for District 18, which covers Walker, San Jacinto and Liberty Counties. The Aggie from Dayton has been in office since 2005. No other candidates are running for the office.

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Irma Cauley will return to the Brazos County commissioner's court.

The Precinct 4 representative scored 67 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, defeating former Bryan city councilmember Paul Madison.

Cauley has held the seat since 2009. Her late husband, Carey, held the seat for the 14 years prior.

No Republicans are running for the seat.


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