An independent candidate for county judge is one step closer to getting his name on the November ballot after elections officials counted more than the required number of signatures on a petition supporting his candidacy.
Bill Young said he had submitted a petition with more than 900 signatures.
County elections officials said Thursday a review of the petition counted more than 600 valid signatures, but that the petition was sent to the county judge’s office and will be reviewed again before Young is officially placed on the ballot.
An independent candidate needs the signatures of 500 or more registered Galveston County voters who did not vote in a primary election to get his or her name on the ballot in November.
Young is challenging incumbent County Judge Mark Henry, who won the Republican nomination for the position in a closely contested primary race in March.
There is no Democratic candidate in the race.
Henry has to certify the petition before Young is on the ballot. Henry said he has until Aug. 30 to do so, and at this point he is focused on the county budget hearings and hasn’t reviewed the petition.
Should Henry find an issue with the petition, he said he would send it to someone else for a review.
“I don’t expect a different finding, but budget is the time-consumer at the moment,” Henry said.
“If I find it deficient, I would ask an independent agency like the (county) auditor to confirm my findings to avoid any appearance of self-interest.”
Young ran as a Republican candidate for Galveston County Sheriff in 2012, but lost in a crowded primary race.
Henry, who was elected to office in 2010 in a landslide victory, is coming off a tough primary challenge in which he defeated Michelle Hatmaker by 500 votes.
Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds contributed to this report.
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