In a night marred by computer glitches in the Gillespie County Courthouse, results trickled in, staffers hand-tallied spreadsheet votes and two runoffs resulted.
The Gillespie County Precinct 1 Commissioner and Tax Assessor-Collector races will be decided in a runoff on Tuesday, May 24.
The Gillespie County Clerk’s office recorded 892 votes for Charles Olfers, a Fredericksburg businessman, and 584 votes for Dennis Behrends, a Texas Department of Transportation employee. Chris S. Barnett received 273 and Wallace Britton tallied 264, clerk records showed.
County voters will choose between incumbent Marissa Weinheimer and Vicki J. Schmidt, a county clerk’s office employee, in the May runoff for the assessor-collector seat. Weinheimer polled 3,259 to Schmidt’s 2,711, forcing another runoff between the two.
The race mirrors the 2008 runoff election, in which Weinheimer outpolled Schmidt with 64 percent of the vote.