Price retains Rusk sheriff seat, Swann unseated
Jimmy Daniell Isaac
Nov. 8, 2016 at 10:39 p.m.
Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price overwhelmingly won reelection, but incumbent Precinct 3 Commissioner Freddy Swann was defeated on Tuesday.
In another contested Rusk County race, Republican Kenneth W. Miley defeated Democrat Cain Swann 1,270-918 in the race for Precinct 3 constable.
Price, a Republican, claimed 15,208 votes – 96.9 percent of all ballots – over write-in challenger Rand Cates, who received 483 votes.
Before he was elected in 2012, Price worked for the Henderson Police Department for 28 years. There was no Democratic challenger for the sheriff seat.
Price said earlier this year that dealing with narcotics crime is an issue he would continue to address if re-elected, stating that a majority of theft and burglary crimes in the county are drug-related.
With declines in the oil and gas markets, Price said he anticipates having to tackle some budgetary concerns should he be re-elected.
Swann, a Democrat, lost his reelection bid to Republican challenger Greg Gibson 2,512-1,799. Gibson is a maintenance supervisor at Bradshaw State Jail in Henderson.
The precinct is in the southern part of the county and centers around the Mount Enterprise area; it contains the most miles of county roads of any precinct.
Swann, 63, has served on the court since 2000
In Overton, Michael Paul Williams defeated Brandon Brown 314-276 for Place 5 on the city council.