Schallert wins Democratic sheriff primary

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Quay County Undersheriff Joe Schallert won Tuesday’s primary and will the Democratic candidate for the Quay County Sheriff’s Office.

He will face Republican candidate James L. Witcher in the November general election.

Witcher ran unopposed and won 251 votes.

The winner will replace Jack Huntley, who will leave after the maximum of two terms.

Schallert garnered 949 votes, compared to Juan Barreras’ 414.

“I want to thank all my supporters, I couldn’t have done it without them,” Schallertt said.

And there will be no upcoming breather or vacation, he said.

“I’ll keep on campaigning, do my job as best as I can, and get as much support as I can.”

Schallert has worked at the Quay County Sheriff’s Office since 1989 and served as undersheriff for the past seven and a half years.

Garnett wins judge race

Former sheriff David Garnett defeated two Democratic opponents in the race for Magistrate Judge. Garnett won with 864 votes. Dennis D. Townsend had 351 votes. Wayne Thibodeaux had 149 votes.

Garnett attributed his win to strong supporters. He and his family have a strong name recognition throughout the county, as he has served twice as county sheriff and his father was also involved in law enforcement.

Garnett said he campaigning won’t slow down, and “It’ll really gear up in the fall,” Garnett said.

Garnett will fact incumbent Edwin A. Bruhn in the November general election. Bruhn received 288 votes in the Republican primary.