Chappell, Bradley headed for runoff in Jefferson County district judge race
One of the most highly watched local primary races of the night was the contest for 172nd district court judge to replace retiring Judge Donald Floyd.
On the Democrat side, Melody Chappell and Tina Bradley were the two top vote-getters, edging out Kent Johns. But neither Chappell nor Bradley got more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.
The runoff election is May 22.
Chappell has been the school board attorney for both Beaumont ISD and Port Arthur ISD. She credits the work of her volunteers for getting her to the runoff.
Bradley, who is known for representing clients who have suffered toxic exposure to benzene and asbestos, drew a lot of support from traditional Republicans who switched parties to vote for her.
Both candidates say they're ready for Round Two.
The winner of the May 22 Democratic runoff will face Republican Mitch Templeton in the November general election.
Templeton did not have an opponent in the primary.