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Fowler unseats DeWitt County judge

By Sonny Long
Nov. 2, 2010 at 6:02 a.m.


DeWitt County

100% precincts reporting

County Judge

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.

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