By JUDY SHERIDAN
The three-way race for Precinct 4 commissioner will end in a May 27 Republican primary runoff with front-runner Steve Dugan — who received 1,776 votes — facing incumbent Dusty Renfro, a candidate who told voters he didn’t want the job but got 1,213 votes anyway. Fred Hammons received 704 votes.
“I’m guess I’m going to have to put my working clothes back on and get after it,” Dugan said. “I was hopeful it wouldn’t go for another two months. It’s got to have been name recognition and people not keeping up with the news.”
Dugan, Renfro’s foreman, filed for the Precinct 4 Commissioner slot late in the filing period after Renfro had already filed. Renfro then tried to withdraw but was prevented from doing so by new election rules. His name stayed on the ballot, although he announced he wasn’t really running for office and campaigned for Dugan door-to-door and at meet-and-greet events.
Renfro and Hammons were unavailable for comment late Tuesday night.
Dugan has said his top three goals are purchasing more land to relocate some of the precinct’s operations, broadening relationships with the cities in the precinct and being a good steward with the general fund and road and bridge fund.
Hammons, a King Ranch transportation specialist and the general manager of a restaurant franchise, said his top goals were ensuring a smooth turnover of responsibilities at the precinct, meeting with the precinct’s staff, identifying resources and prioritizing projects.