Run-off pits Carroll against Ermatinger
The Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY – The most anticipated and fought race in the county saw two of its primary challengers heading to a run-off as soon as the final count on Tuesday, March 8, started dwindling in.
The 40th District Court race, seeking a replacement for current Judge Gene Knize since he announced he would not be seeking re-election in November of last year, ignited within the county more than any other race.
Bob Carroll drew 45 percent of the vote against his three opponents, Ron Wilkinson, mayor of Waxahachie and private practice attorney, Dan Gus, practicing attorney and Cindy Ermatinger, owner of a practice in Midlothian.
Fifty-one percent of the vote is needed to be elected so the run-off candidates are determined by the two with the most votes.
Cindy Ermatinger came in second drawing 24 percent of the votes.
Each of the candidates is out in full force county-wide making sure their signs are re-enforced and ready to withstand the upcoming election.
Carroll, who expressed he is very grateful and appreciative of all the voters and volunteers throughout the county who supported him in the recent election, is urging all his supporters to come back to the polls once again to help bring home his victory.
"Since none of the candidates topped 50 percent, we are now in a run-off with the second place finisher and the run-off is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13. "It is absolutely critical that our voters and supporters come back to the polls one more time to vote for Bob Carroll for District Judge,"said Caroll, past Ellis County Court-at-Law judge from 98-07.
Ermatinger stated she has never seen this much excitement around a local race and is proud to be part of a community who has worked so hard to be informed.
"I thank everyone who has given so generously of themselves to work on my behalf of my campaign and pray that you can see me to a victory in the run-off election," stated Ermatinger.
Each of the two candidates have extensive background in law.
"I would like to pledge to my supporters, that I will not let you down. I will work tirelessly to make sure everyone knows that I am the clear choice for this bench because of my extensive background in criminal law and my nearly two decades of working in the court system," stated Ermatinger.
Carroll currently serves as municipal judge for the city of Oak Leaf as well as having his own practice in Waxahachie.
"As the only candidate in this run-off race with 10 years experience as a judge in both civil and criminal cases, I am fully prepared to provide leadership and direction.
During my time as judge, I resolved over 15,000 civil and criminal cases, have 24 years legal experience, and have been actively involved in our community for 18 years," said Carroll.
The run-off will be held on Tuesday, April 13 and the candidate remaining will be place on the general election ballot for Nov. 2.
All unopposed candidates will be sworn into office Jan.1, 2011.