Sheriff's race comes down to a May 26 runoff

Posted 3/10/20

Bobby Adams and Billy J. Reeves will face each other in a May 26 runoff to secure the Republican nomination for Madison County Sheriff, finishing in the top two positions after primary voting Tuesday.

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Sheriff's race comes down to a May 26 runoff

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Bobby Adams and Billy J. Reeves will face each other in a May 26 runoff to secure the Republican nomination for Madison County Sheriff, finishing in the top two positions after primary voting Tuesday.

“I figured it would come out that way,” said Adams. “Did I want another 10 percent of the vote? Yes I did, but everything happens for a reason.”

“That is exactly what I expected,” said Reeves. “And I think it was what everyone else expected from the get go.”

With more than two months until the runoff, Adams and Reeves will shift their strategies to focus on defeating the other while maintaining an honest and clean race throughout the process.

“This is a small county,” said Adams when asked why he was the best option for the job. “The Sheriff must be able to take an active role in an investigation or any other situation. I could take over today and never miss a beat. As Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s office, I have worked with budgets for almost 12 years and wrote policies for the agency.”

Reeves focused on his abilities as an administrator when making his case for the position.

“What we need, and a lot of deputies have told me this, is administrative help,” said Reeves. “They do not need another guy with a badge to run out there and write somebody a ticket. They do not need another investigator, they have the people to do that. There are some jobs they have not filled because nobody has gone out of their way to get them the raises they deserve. No one has made the department attractive enough to draw applicants to fill these jobs. I know how to do that.”

Adams also stated he would attend Madison County Commissioner’s Court proceedings to personally fight for higher county wages.

Some of the main issues discussed throughout the campaign of four were county pay raises and county growth. Adams has been open throughout the campaign in highlighting the county’s drug problem and its relation to growth.

Both men expressed a desire to implement a narcotics task force to help crack down on the looming issues.

“It is my goal to put together a local task force,” said Adams. “I would love to start within the Sheriff’s Department. If we could make it a local task force, working with the (Madisonville Police Department), that would be even better. I would plan on reaching out to (MPD Chief Herbert Gilbert) to try and accomplish that.”

Reeves highlighted the importance of personnel when fighting narcotics in the county as well as most other major issues.

“Everything we talk about goes back to staff retention,” said Reeves. “Right now, we have one investigator and just enough deputies to go from call-to-call. We have to work to fill those open deputy positions so we have more people to deal with issues such as drugs or prostitution. We need to be able to form a small task force to work that stuff, put it all together and give to the district attorney.”

Both candidates can be found on Facebook, where a more descriptive background of their career experiences is outlined.

In other competitive county races, Karen Lane held to her seat as Tax Assessor/Collecter, besting challenger Shanah Grisham 75.12% to 24.88%.

Incumbent District 1 County Commissioner Ricky Driscoll totaled 64.88% of Tuesday’s vote, easily defeating challenger Matt Post, with 35.12%.

All other Republican seats in the primary were unopposed.  There were no local Democratic candidates on the ballot.

In area results, District 57 incumbent state congressman Trent Ashby ran unopposed and will face Democrat Jason Rogers in the November general election.

In the 8th U.S. Congressional District, incumbent Kevin Brady was holding off challengers Melissa Esparza-Mathis and Kirk Osborn with 4.1% of polling locations reporting.  With 0.5% locations reporting on the Democratic side, Elizabeth Hernandez had a 56.9% to 43.1% lead over Laura Jones.

In statewide voting, Senator John Cornyn easily held off Dwayne Stovall and Mark Yancy, with 78.3% with 7.6% of polling locations reporting.  With less than 1% of locations reporting in the Democratic primary for the seat, Mary “M.J.” Hegar held a double-digit lead, with 25.8% to Annie "Mamá" Garcia’s 14.6% and Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez’ 13.3%.

For the Democratic nomination for president, with 4.7% of polling places reporting, Bernie Sanders had the lead with 27.2% of the vote, compared with Joe Biden at 23.8% and Michael Bloomberg at 18.9%.  Elizabeth Warren held a distant fourth place with 12.4% of the vote.

In the Republican primary, president Donald Trump tallied 94.3% of votes with 7.9% polling locations reporting.  Second place was “uncommitted,” with 3.6% and Bill Weld had 0.7% of the vote.

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