Candidate seizes late victory in race for county court-at-law judge
Posted on 3/7/2018 7:41:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- After leading most of Tuesday night’s race, the incumbent for Guadalupe County Court-at-Law Judge has been upset in his bid for re-election. Judge Robin Dwyer was defeated during Tuesday's Republican Primary Election by Assistant County Attorney Bill Squires. A total of 60 votes made the difference giving Squires the lead at the very end of the night. That lead essentially came in with the help of the three remaining boxes to be counted. Up until then, the race had remained tight and in Dwyer's favor.

Squires received 5,491 of the votes cast or 50.27 percent while Dwyer ended with 5,431 votes or 49.73 percent.

Squires says he remained confident in his campaign and feels honored that voters have elected him as the new court-at-law judge.

"I’m extraordinarily happy, of course, and I'm very grateful for all my supporters who came out and believed in me from the very beginning. For those that I didn't get the votes this go around, I'm going to be spending the next four years earning their vote for the next go around. I think that we've got a lot to add to the court. I knew that from the beginning and we've got a lot of work ahead of us. I'm looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Guadalupe County in this new role," said Squires.

Tuesday’s results were obviously not what Dwyer had hoped for. He says he is definitely disappointed with the outcome.

"It's hard to lose by 60 votes. I’m sorry that I wasn't able to work hard enough to get those extra 60 people to vote for me and let me continue to do the difficult job that the county court-at-law has to do for another four years. So, I'm disappointed. All the people that help me and supported me are disappointed. I feel like I let them down. You always wonder, what could you have done to make up that extra 60 votes. It's just not very many votes in a big picture. Anyway, life will go on and I'm going to do my best to continue the rest of 2018 to try to provide justice to all the people that come before me. That's all I can do," said Dwyer.

There is no Democratic challenger appearing on the November ballot. Squires will assume his new role as judge in January 2019.

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