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New sheriff ready to go to work in Matagorda County

By JR Ortega
Nov. 8, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.
Updated Nov. 10, 2012 at 5:10 a.m.


Matagorda County experienced issues with machines and mail in ballots that caused delays in local election results Tuesday night. Early vote totals became available about 9:30 p.m. and final numbers were finally made available minutes before midnight.

Matagorda County Election Results:

County Attorney

Denise Fortenberry 7,382

Matthew Hardy Sloan 4,437

County Sheriff

Skipper Osborne 6,786

Aaron Green 5,166

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

Mark Finlay 1,712

Paul Law Piwonka 940

Navigation District No.1 Commissioner Position 2

Greg Seaman 808

Barney F. Gulley 243

Phil Richman 349

Tidehaven ISD Trustee

Lee Pierce 858

Robbie Galvan 716

Joe Lucio Jr. 666

Stuart Lynn 779

Van Vleck ISD Position 6

Terry Blackmon 814

Kurtis Brown 717

Van Vleck ISD Position 7

Jesse Austin 800

Randy Wied 729

BAY CITY - Matagorda County has a new sheriff who is so well-known that just one name suffices - "Skipper."

Republican Frank "Skipper" Osborne stole the win for sheriff Tuesday night from Democratic challenger Aaron Green.

"I'm happy and relieved that it is over with," Osborne said. "It's a lot of fun campaigning, and you meet so many different people. But it takes you away from your family."

Osborne, 66, the Matagorda County Veterans Service officer, said his experience as a jailer, street deputy, jail supervisor and chief deputy at the sheriff's office will give him an advantage when he takes office Jan. 1. He has even helped with the sheriff's office budgets in the past.

When Osborne takes office, he plans to have a resident deputy program in the communities of Matagorda and Sargent to give residents the protection they need. He also plans to get the police chiefs of each city to begin a coalition to start a countywide drug task force.

Another issue he is ready to attack is bridging the gap between inmates and beds. The jail has 192 beds, but the county has been averaging about 120 inmates. Osborne hopes to get more criminals off the street and fill these beds, bringing in more revenue.

Despite the win, Osborne gave all his best wishes to Green, who did not trail far behind.

The victory was bittersweet, said Osborne, because the two candidates have known each other for more than 35 years.

"He ran a very clean, fine race; and we've been friends for more than 35 years; and we will still be friends," Osborne said. "In the end, one of us had to win, and one of us had to lose."



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