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Sheriff Rodney Meyer Keeps His Job

Tax Assessor/Collector Kessler gets nudged out by Matthijetz

In Lee County,  this year’s General Election saw  63.11% of registered voters, or 6,110, turn out to cast their ballots. There are 9,682 total registered voters in the county.

The most contested race for Lee County this year was the Sheriff’s race. Incumbent Sheriff Rodney Meyer faced Vince McCoy in a highly contested  race that had both candidates working their grass roots organizations to get out the vote. Meyer won with a narrow margin, garnering 3,116 votes to McCoy’s 3,041.

Another important race for the county was that for the Lee County Tax Assessor/Collector. Incumbent Suzanne Kessler lost to her opponent, David Matthijetz by a count of 2,961 to 3,075.

Other contested Lee County races were for the Constables of Precincts 2 and 4. Vernon J. Surman won the Precinct 2 position with 1,751 votes to Dennis R. Oltmann’s 1,396. Precinct 4 incumbent Charles Kothmann kept his position with 481 votes to Thomas Perez’ 364 votes.

In Dime Box, three positions for DBISD School Board were up for election, with five people running. Winning those three seats were Steven Juel, with 202 votes; Crystal Fritsche Scott, with 287 votes; and Lee R. Wiederhold, with 289 votes. Kenneth Ford received 178 votes and Douglas Spacek received 179 votes.

As of press time, with half the precincts reporting, State Representative for District 17 Tim Kleinschmidt had 65% of the votes to Collin J. Guerra’s 35%.

Early voting may have been the deciding factor in this year’s local races, as 3,033 ballots were cast.


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