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Local voters approve charter amendment,
mirror county and nation in general election

Iowa Park area voters mirrored the majority of county, state and national voters in Tuesday’s General Election, and also easily approved a change to the city’s Home Rule Charter.
Precinct 3 voters also re-elected Wichita County Commissioner Barry Mahler with 3,393, compared to 1,563 votes for Democratic challenger Gordon Griffith.
The City of Iowa Park Charter Amendment passed with 1,312 “for” as opposed to 115 “against.”
The amendement read “A candidate running for Mayor or City Council shall be elected to the office for which the candidate is running if the candidate receives more votes than any other candidate running for that office.”
It is anticipated the change will save the city $1000 in the cost of conducting runoff elections each time a runoff election would be required under the former provisions of the Charter.
In the national race, Iowa Park voters joined Wichita County to elect Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, with 11,805 votes as opposed to 3,427 for Hillary Clinton.
Republican David W. Blackerby won the Wichita County Constable, Precinct election with 2,629 votes.
Running unopposed and earning reelection to county offices included Sherriff David Duke
(23,506), and County Tax Assessor-Collector Tommy Smyth (23,435).
U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (Republican) was reelected with 22,840 votes in the county, with Libertarian Calvin De Weese netting 2,012.