Three Lamar County races head to May run-off

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LAMAR COUNTY, TEXAS-- Three Lamar County races are headed for a May runoff after Tuesday's Primary Elections, and candidates say it didn't come as a surprise.

Many Lamar County candidates are back on the campaign trail after three key races advanced to a runoff Tuesday night.

Incumbent Gene Hobbs is being challenged by Curtis Garrett for Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Place 2. Both say they want to help the truancy problem in Paris.

"I've been in the office for a year and a half now and I've changed a few things from when Judge Sparks retired, said Gene Hobbs. "We are still moving forward and I have two ladies working for me and I have a lot of support up here."

"I've always been a public servant or have for the last 26 years, said Curtis Garrett. "I just feel that I would have a better opportunity to serve the public in that position."

Incumbent Precinct 5 Constable Jimmy Hodges will face challenger Gerry Don Hines in the May 27th runoff.

"Well first of all I am going to go and continue what I was doing before I was knocking on doors, talking with neighbors, and meeting and greeting people on the streets, said Jimmy Hodges. "Whatever I could do to gain someone's vote."

Hines says talking with people and meeting them face to face is what he plans to do.

"I'm a veteran, said Gerry Done Hines. "I was in the military and when I got out of the military I worked at the fire department in Houston and then came back to Paris as a police officer, so I'm well rounded."

Larry Davis and David Niblett also advanced to a runoff for Republican Precinct Two Commissioner. The winner in May will face incumbent Democrat Lonnie Layton in November.

No runoff for Precinct 4 Commissioner Keith Mitchell, he beat republican challenger and former Sheriff B.J. McCoy in the primary with 53 percent of the vote. As did Shawntel Golden who took the District Clerk race Tuesday.