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Candidates and voters brave the rain
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Lauren Huet
Tuesday, candidates who didn't win a majority in March battled in a run-off election that includes the two Democrats vying to become the next judge in Jefferson County's 252nd Criminal District Court. Campaign workers braved the rain Tuesday, and so did some voters.
"Because it's my civic duty and my right as an American," said Cynthia Greer, who voted at the Theodore Johns Public Library in Beaumont.
"People died for us to have this right to vote. Our vote is our voice, you can't complain about what's going on in our city if we don't get out and vote," said Loretta Haywood, who also voted at the library.
As of noon Tuesday, only about 200 people had voted at the Theodore Johns Library. The Texas Secretary of State released numbers showing only 3.62 percent of registered Texas voters turned out and voted early for Tuesday's primary run-off election. The rainy weather might dampen today's turnout.
"I think it will definitely be a lower turnout than we had expected," said Raquel West, candidate for 252nd Criminal District Court Judge. "The big stuff has passed so we're hoping people will still get out. It's just a little sprinkle now."
"I don't think the rain is going to do that much damage," said Stella Morrison, who is also a candidate for 252nd Criminal District Court Judge. "I think those that have made up their minds to vote will vote."
Raquel West and Stella Morrison are running against each other to be the Democratic Candidate for 252nd District Court Judge.
"The main thing with being a judge in a criminal court like that is, number one to be fair," said West, "to be firm when you have to be, to have some compassion when you need it, and I plan on doing all those things. Working hard all day every day to move the dockett along and take care of Jefferson County the best I can."
"I enjoy being a drum major for justice," said Morrison. "That I was trained and conditioned all my life to believe I should be a voice for the voiceless and a defender of the defenseless."
Drizzling rain came and went, but it couldn't dampen these voters spirits.
"It's going to clear up," said Jocelyn Beverly, who voted at the Jefferson County Courthouse. We know how important this election is so I think more people are going to come vote."
Whoever wins the run-off for Democratic candidate will face the Republican candidate Carolyn Wiedenfeld in the November election.