Jankowski Wins Washington County Recount

Washington County's Sheriff will retain his seat even after a recount.

J.W. Jankowski gained an additional three votes when the ballots were counted again Wednesday. The final tally has the incumbent winning the Republican primary by 96 votes over James Parker, who has been with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for more than 30 years.

"The poeple and the citizens of Washington County still have confidence in their sheriff, and I appreciate it very much," Jankowski said.

Jankowski won 2,814 votes, or 51 percent. Parker won 2,718 votes.

Parker called for the recount after the party ran out of ballots on March 4 and had to photocopy ballots and hand count them.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed, but in my campaign, I ran that the citizens of this county were not satisfied with the performance of this sheriff's office, and I think you can see by these results that my statement was true," Parker said following the recount's completion.

"We'll just have to communicate with those folks and see what they're disgruntled about with the sheriff's office and see if we can work something out with them," Jankowski said.

There is no Democrat challenging Jankowski in November.

Washington County Republican Party Chairman Harvey Skinner said he looked at the last election, and for every two ballots cast last time, they ordered three ballots for this year.

They ended up about 3,000 short on Primary Night..

"Each time, we've always thrown away thousands of ballots, and I just hate to see that happen, so rather than throw ballots away, this time, we had to print extra ballots," Skinner said. "So yes, I've learned a nice lesson."

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