Former Sherman Mayor Bill Magers and Grayson County Treasurer Trent Bass will meet again in the coming months in the race for the Grayson County judge seat. Magers took the early lead in the race to see who would replace Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum and never looked back.
The early voting had Magers ahead with 37. 84 percent of the votes. His closest challenger, Bass, had 26.54 percent of the early votes. By the time Tuesday night ended, Magers received 3,851 of the total votes cast to Bass’ 2,882 over all votes.
Bass said he wasn’t surprised that the race went to a runoff with four people in the race, several of whom have strong name recognition among voters.
“I was hoping it would be over,” Bass said and then laughed a little. However, that fate was not in the cards. Magers and Bass both agreed that the race starts over on March 5 with each of them trying to get the votes that went to the other two candidates in the race, Former Grayson County Commissioner Gene Short and businessman Jim Maddock. They could not be reached for a comment Tuesday night.
Short, a career politician who served 20 years the Grayson County Commissioners Court, the body the County Judge leads, collected 2,418 votes over all and first-time candidate Maddock, collected 1,515 votes over all.
Bass said Short and Maddock took home about a third of the vote.
“I need to get to know them, and let them get to know me,” he said.
Magers agreed that those votes are going to be paramount to the May vote. “I will continue laying out my plan for Grayson County and see where that goes,” he said.
No Democrats sought the position.