GOLIAD – Republican challenger Mike Bennett beat incumbent Pat Calhoun for the Republican nomination for Goliad County judge in Tuesday’s runoff election.
After the unofficial final results were counted about 8:30 p.m., Bennett had earned 52 percent of the votes, while Calhoun earned 48 percent of the votes.
“I am proud of the campaign I have run to lead the change Goliad County needs to prosper into the future for the sake of our children and our grandchildren. It is time to come together and look toward to November and beyond,” Bennett said. “I am humbled and honored by the will of the voters this evening and look forward to working with all of them as we change the course of our future in this county for the good of Goliad.”
Budget deficits, negative press and bringing new business to the county were the three focus areas for Bennett, 64, of Goliad.
He intends to reduce local government spending, create economic stimulus within the county, and conduct business in a manner that is more inclusive for Goliad County residents if elected in November.
Bennett said he would be willing to forgo the annual salary for the first year, if elected.
Calhoun, 59, who was first elected in 2014, is completing his first term in office.
Bennett will face Democrat Wilford Korth, 60, of Berclair, in the November general election.
Korth is a retired park ranger for the Gudalupe-Blanco River Authority’s Coleto Creek Reservoir and Park.