Fowler unseats DeWitt County judge
Nov. 2, 2010 at 6:02 a.m.
100% precincts reporting
Daryl L. Fowler (R) 2,525
Ben E. Prause (D) 2,066
County Commissioner, Pct. 2
Ja mes B. Pilchick Sr. (R) 678
Joe L. Machalec (D) 413
County Commissioner, Pct. 4
Donald R. Kuecker (D) 539
Richard Rangle (WI) 267
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1
Peggy Mayer (R) 1,951
Chester Hanzelka (D) 408
CUERO - Daryl Fowler unseated longtime incumbent Ben Prause in the race for DeWitt County judge.
Fowler took 55 percent of the vote, 2,525 to Prause's 2,066.
"Obviously a good number of people thought it was time for a change," said Fowler. "I appreciate their vote of confidence. Now the work begins."
Fowler, 55, who has worked in the insurance field, as a financial adviser and a rancher, was the chairman of the DeWitt County Republican Party before his run for county judge.
"I felt like if I could win half the vote in Cuero, I would do well," Fowler added. He won in three of the five Cuero polling places and overwhelmed Prause in Yorktown and Yoakum.
Prause, 77, has been county judge for 24 years.
"Naturally, I'm disappointed and I certainly wish him good luck," he said. "I am proud of where the county is today. It's in excellent shape financially and with the courthouse, annex and new jail. It is set for the future."
"I am proud to have been elected so many times and thank everyone for their support over the years.," Prause added.
Thirty-nine percent of the county's 11,831 votes turned out.