Weatherford Democrat

March 6, 2014

Renfro in runoff for job he didn’t want

Pct. 4 commissioner reportedly asks GOP chair to remove him from race with Dugan


Weatherford Democrat

— By JUDY SHERIDAN

Precinct 4 Commissioner Dusty Renfro, who unexpectedly scored 1,213 votes in Tuesday’s Republican Primary while campaigning for an opponent, is still trying to lose his job on the Parker County Commissioners’ Court.

Failing to lose the election outright, as he hoped, the reluctant Renfro has asked to exit a runoff for the county office, Parker County Republican Party Chair Zan Prince said Wednesday.

The three-way race for commissioner put Renfro’s Precinct 4 foreman Steve Dugan — endorsed by his boss — on top with 1,776 votes and challenger Fred Hammons on the bottom with a total of 704.

A new state law kept him from taking his name off the ballot when he learned of the conservative Dugan’s late filing, Renfro has said, creating the unusual situation.

Prince said Renfro, who could not be contacted by press time, has emailed her, communicating his intention to leave the race, and she has contacted the Secretary of State’s Office to confirm the rules on the conditions and timing.

“This never — I mean never — happens,” Prince said, “so I’m just making sure as we consider this withdrawal that we do so in compliance with the code.”

According to her county chair handbook, she said, Renfro must withdraw by March 12.

Prince said all 44 of the county’s precincts will be open March 27 to accommodate statewide runoffs, so a runoff election for county commissioner would result in no further costs.

Those runoffs are not limited to those who voted in the primaries, she said, but those who did vote will go to the same locations to maintain maximum accessibility.