Grayson County voters re-elected commissioners David Whitlock and Bart Lawrence Tuesday night, keeping each of the Republican candidates in place for another four-year term.
Whitlock beat his Democratic opponent Marilyn Livingston 7,865 votes to 2,500 for Precinct 2. Lawrence’s status as Precinct 4 commissioner was secured with 8,267 votes over Democratic challenger Terry Templeton’s 2,624 votes. Both Whitlock and Lawrence secured more than 75 percent of the votes cast in their races.
“I’m really pleased that we’re both going to be back on the Commissioners Court,” Lawrence said of his and Whitlock’s re-election. “We’ve got a really well-rounded court. Everyone’s got their own specialties and ideas, gets along really well, and I think we work together to the benefit of taxpayers in Grayson County.”
Lawrence has already served two terms on the Commissioners Court and touted his career as a business owner and his previous experience on the campaign trail.
“I really just love the people, and I love the job,” Lawrence said.
Templeton, an educator with the Sherman Independent School District, said she was motivated to run for the court because she wanted to see more environmentally-friendly maintenance practices employed by the county and to make positive changes amid the current political climate, which she described as tumultuous.
“I met a lot of people and made a lot of contacts,” Templeton said Tuesday night. “I thought, whether I win this election or not, I now have a coalition of friends that I can get together with and talk about how we can tackle issues locally in Grayson County.”
Whitlock said, before throwing his hat in this November’s race, he planned to make his fourth term his final term and move on from the role after 16 years. But Whitlock said his fellow commissioners kept asking him whether he’d run and he eventually decided to pursue a campaign for his fifth go as commissioner.
“I’m proud to be a commissioner, and if they’ve chosen me again, I’m just tickled to stay another four years and make it a solid 20 (years),” Whitlock said.
Livingston, a real estate broker with 30 years in the industry, said she was also motivated to run by concerns over the county’s environmental impacts and hoped to make change through the commissioner position. The challenger said she was proud of her campaign and was glad for the opportunity to connect with county residents and voters.
“Either way, I’m just pleased that I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many of the people in Grayson County,” Livingston said. “It’s truly been a pleasure and a great learning experience.”
Officials are expected to complete the count of outstanding mail-in ballots cast in the election by the end of Wednesday. The additional votes are not likely to change the outcomes of the two elections.