Judge overturns ruling, making Willie Mims next Smith County Pct. 1 constable

Judge overturns ruling, making Willie Mims next Smith County Pct. 1 constable
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A district judge has overturned a previous ruling, making Willie Mims the outright winner of the Democratic primary in the Pct. 1 constable race.

A controversy over invalid signatures for Mims’ petition led to visiting Judge James Parsons taking Mims’ name off a runoff ballot.

But on Tuesday, Parsons overturned the ruling. Because Mims reached the 50 percent threshold in the May election, a runoff is not necessary.

Incumbent constable Bobby Garmon released a statement on Facebook conceding the race.

In Skeen’s ruling Tuesday, he stated Garmon’s restraining order was not filed by the time of deadline.

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