Runoff will decide 384-vote tie in Harris County commissioner's race

Harris County Commissioner James R. Woods and challenger Andrew M. Sivell will battle for the District 2 seat in a July 22 runoff after Tuesday’s election ended in a 384-vote tie, an official said Friday.

Sherrail Jarrett of the Harris County Elections and Registration office said no other absentee ballots arrived before the deadline.

With a close vote margin in the Republican primary, both candidates could have requested a recount but no one asked for one. The candidates also rejected the coin flip to decide the contest, Jarrett said.

A runoff also will decide the Harris County Board of Education race between incumbent Timothy Edgar and Morgan Marlowe in District 2. Edgar collected 420 or 47.5 percent of the vote but not enough to avoid a runoff with Marlowe who recorded 335 or 38 percent of the votes.

Jarrett said Tuesday’s election was certified for all the races, including the tied race.

Turnout for the election was low. In a county with 19,054 registered voters, only about 18 percent cast ballots in the election.