Voters opt for change: Huckabee wins bid for Erath County judge, Shawver wins race for treasurer.


Brandon and Alyssa Huckabee in front of the Erath County Courthouse after Tuesday's big win.

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Erath County voters cleaned house on Tuesday.


Brandon Huckabee will become the next Erath County judge after beating incumbent Alfonso Campos in the Texas Republican Primary and county treasurer Kimberly Barrier lost her bid for a second term to Angie Shawver.

Huckabee received 3,523 votes while Campos received 2,367.


Without a Democratic opponent in November, Huckabee will assume office in 2023.


“Thank you to Erath County voters for the confidence you have shown in me as county judge,” Huckabee told Beneath the Surface News. “I’m ready to get to work representing you.”


Campos’ first term as county judge was mired in controversy after he filed a petition to have Barrier removed from office for what he called “incompetency.”


A high-profile hearing on the allegation put the spotlight on fractured county relations that appeared to be fraught with division and strife.

In the end, a judge ruled that Barrier could stay in office, but demanded that changes be made and that county officials work together to fix deficiencies.


But the controversy appeared to have left a bad taste in the mouths of voters who opted for a new county treasurer as well.


Tuesday's final tally of votes: Shawver - 2,832; Barrier – 2,518.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PRECINCTS 1, 3, 4


WINNER: Jeff “Chili” Alexander – 2,223


Jocelyn Perez – 1,041


Gregory Evans – 761


Lisa Williams – 297

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PRECINCT 2


RUNOFF: Chris Evans – 459


RUNOFF: David Martin – 355


Chance Garrett – 169


Darrell Curry – 281


The runoff will be held on Tuesday, May 24.