Precinct chair slots still tied

After two days of recounts this week, two precinct chair races remain tied.

Ector County GOP Chair-elect Donna Kelm said Thursday a second count had just been completed and that the races remain tied.

Ector County precinct chair races in early March brought massive change to the local GOP with Kelm defeating longtime incumbent Tisha Crow 4,954 to 3,775. Most of a group of newcomer candidates supporting Kelm also kicked out many of Crow’s longtime supporters.

Two of the precinct chair races ended in ties. In Precinct 205, Crow’s candidate Dale Barnes got 142 votes as did Kelm’s supporter Charles Pierce. In Precinct 310, Crow’s candidate Jaime Mendoza received 68 votes as did Kelm’s supporter Randy Elam.

Kelm and new precinct chairs will take office June 17.

A runoff in the GOP primary is already scheduled May 28 for justice of the peace in Precinct 1 between Jennifer Mahan-Woodall and incumbent Carlos Chavez

The precinct chair races could join the JP runoff or be decided by a coin toss.