Because the race was so close, the mail-in, military and provisional ballots had a greater chance of having a significant impact on the final results. Provisional ballots include those submitted at a polling site without valid photo ID, or where the voter’s residence is not verifiable. Sources say there were approximately 61 provisional ballots for this primary election.
After a full examination of the ballots, the votes were tabulated again and the unofficial result—11:24am on March 11; the total had Kennon ahead by 12 votes.
Rick J. Kennon is still the Judge.
UPDATE, MARCH 13The Williamson County Republican party certified the primary election results today at 6:00 pm. Party chair Bill Fairbrother announced, “Last Tuesday we met to process military, overseas and provisional votes. Those were taken and added to the votes from election night and I can affirm for Williamson County—since this is what many of you are here for—that Rick Kennon is the winner.” It is the party’s job to canvass and accept the election report and make it official. A motion was made to accept the report, which was seconded and unanimously approved by the attendees.
At that point, the question remained if the King campaign would request an official recount.
UPDATE, MARCH 19
King’s Message“After much reflection and discussion with family, friends and supporters, I have decided not to seek a recount of the votes cast in the March 4th Republican Primary for 368th District Court Judge. I firmly believe this is the best decision for myself, the Judiciary in Williamson County and the Republican Party. I’m honored that 10,500 Williamson County voters put their faith in me to serve as our new judge, but unfortunately I came up 13 votes short of a majority.
Although we did not start this race until after Thanksgiving, the amount of support that I received in the past three months has been humbling. I want to thank the law enforcement community who stood united behind my candidacy, in particular, the Leander Law Enforcement Association, the Cedar Park Police Association, the Austin Police Association, the Round Rock Police Officers Association, the Georgetown Police Officers Association, the Williamson County Deputies Association, the Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the Leander Firefighters for Responsible Government and many retired DPS officers and Texas Rangers, in addition to District Attorney Jana Duty and former Assistant District Attorney and State Representative Dan Gattis, Jr. I would have never achieved so much in such a short period without the support of these brave men and women who sacrifice so much to keep our community safe.
I am of course disappointed not to prevail. I am disappointed that turnout was dramatically lower this year than in recent primaries and that the ice storm on Election Day resulted in delays at the polls. But I am not disappointed in the efforts and integrity of this campaign, and I cannot say enough about those who relentlessly knocked on doors with me, made phone calls, hammered in yard signs and worked the polls. I am eternally grateful to the friends and neighbors who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with me over the last several weeks. I also want to publicly thank my husband, John, and my children Bailey, Nolan, Keeli, and Wesley for their love, patience, encouragement and dedication to the goals of this campaign.
This campaign was a great learning experience for me, and I am excited to take the lessons learned from this primary election and apply them to the future. I am committed to and hopeful that there will be a future opportunity for me to serve the citizens of Williamson County as a judge in public office. Until then, I will continue in private practice, continue my work with the Leander Municipal Court and continue in pursuit of my life’s calling, protecting the weakest and most vulnerable in our community by advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children. I will do my part to ensure that Williamson County remains one of the safest places in Texas to live and raise a family.
In closing, I would like to congratulate Judge Rick Kennon on his victory. We each worked very hard in this race and I respect and commend his character, his efforts and his commitment to this endeavor. I wish him all the best and continued success as Judge of the 368th District Court. I am also grateful that Judge Kennon is joining me in this press release by adding the following: “ I am impressed with Donna in not only how she ran her campaign, but also the integrity and character she has shown as a person. She has all the necessary qualifications to serve as a judge and I believe it will only be a matter of time before she will be serving the citizens of Williamson County in that capacity.” We ask that the people of Williamson County keep us in their thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months ahead.”