Democrat Lester Gibson won re-election Tuesday over Republican Tony Abad, continuing a 24-year streak on the McLennan County Commissioners Court.
Gibson received 3,547 votes, or 56.6 percent of the total ballots cast. Abad got 2,510 votes, or 40.1 percent.
Libertarian Stephen S. Carter, who was listed on the ballot for the Precinct 2 seat, the only contested seat on the court, moved out of the precinct after filing to run due to what he termed “unforeseen circumstances” and was not eligible to hold the seat. Despite that, Carter still received 205 votes, or 3.3 percent.
Gibson, 65, said this will be his last term on the court because he believes the future is for the young.
The longtime commissioner, who spent the evening with supporters, said he thinks he was re-elected because he is a people person who is there for his constituents.
“I don’t represent a party when I get elected, and people will tell you that,” said Gibson, a Vietnam War veteran. “My record speaks for itself.”
Gibson spent more than $5,600 on his campaign and received more than $4,700 in donations this year. His biggest donations came from Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP, which gave $2,000; Dunnam and Dunnam LLP, which donated $1,500; and Jim Dunnam, who gave $500.
Abad, 46, received and spent more on his campaign than Gibson. Abad, who recently left his job as a senior mechanical designer with L-3 Communications, received about $6,040 in campaign contributions and spent more than $8,700.
His biggest financial contribution was $2,500 from the Republican Party of Texas.