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Election 2024: Candidates in race for Erath County tax assessor, commissioner face May runoff.


A runoff is in the works in Erath County after candidates in the race for tax assessor and commissioner of precinct 3 failed to clinch the Republican nomination Tuesday by getting 51 percent of the vote.


Valerie Stephen with 1,956 votes (36.11%) and Niki McInroe-Cogburn with 1,426 votes (26.32%) will face-off in the runoff for tax assessor on Tuesday, May 28.

Stephen and McInroe-Cogburn are both currently employed as motor vehicle clerks at the Erath County Tax Office.


With current longtime tax assessor Jennifer Carey set to retire, the winner in the runoff will face Democrat Marycruz Serrano in November.


Other candidates in the race for tax assessor included Mike Jones (1,242 votes, 22.93%) and Tina Holzschuh (793 votes, 14.64%).

Sherman Edwards with 799 votes (47.56%) and Ben Clements with 458 votes (27.26%) will take part in the runoff for Erath County commissioner of precinct 3.


Edwards has been employed with TXDOT for more than 27 years and Clements is the owner/manager of X-Treme Team Roping.

Justin Slawson, who was also in the commissioner’s race, trailed his opponents with 423 votes (25.18%).


With no Democrat running for the position, the winner in the runoff will become the next commissioner in November.


Current longtime commissioner Joe Brown is also retiring.



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