Beaumont attorneys to face-off in Tuesday run-off

May 21, 2018 GMT

Attorneys Tina Bradley and Melody Chappell will face off again in a run-off election Tuesday to determine the Democratic candidate for the 172nd District Court Judge’s bench after neither secured a majority in the March primary.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday throughout Jefferson County.

In the March Democratic primary, Chappell, 51, received just under 44 percent of the votes, ahead of Bradley, 50, who received about 36 percent. Attorney Kent Johns, 60, was eliminated after finishing third.

Judge Donald Floyd, 73, did not seek re-election because of an age limit. According to state law, district court judges must be between the ages of 25 and 74.

Just under 15 percent of the 146,351 registered Jefferson County voters cast ballots in the primary, and about 13.6 percent voted in the race for the 172nd, which handles civil cases.

Chappell won precincts in Port Arthur and most of Beaumont, while Bradley earned votes in Mid-County and Beaumont’s West End. Johns did not win any of the 109 precincts.

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Bradley is a partner at Hobson and Bradley who handles primarily personal injury cases related to chemicals and other toxic substances.

Chappell, an attorney with Wells, Peyton, Greenberg and Hunt, LLP, primarily practices school and employment law. She has represented Port Arthur ISD since 2006 and represented Beaumont ISD’s board of trustees before the 2014 state takeover.

The winner will face Republican Mitch Templeton, a lawyer and current member of the Beaumont ISD school board, in the November general election.

Port Arthur-area voters will also choose today between Democrats Tom Gillam III and Joseph Guillory II, the top two finishers in a four-way race in March, for Justice of the Peace Precinct 8.

Gillam, who has held the office since 2004, finished with about 45 percent of the vote in the primary, ahead of Port Arthur ISD trustee Guillory, with 23 percent.

With no Republican challenger for November’s general election, the winner of the runoff will take the seat.

Guillory narrowly made the run-off election, finishing ahead of Melanie Ned by just 10 votes.

The precinct covers the southern part of Jefferson County, including Sabine Pass and Port Acres.

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