LIBERTY, June 5, 2012 - A recount of the voting in the Republican Party Primary for the office of Constable Pct. 3 was conducted on Tuesday at 9:00 AM in the Liberty County Courthouse.
Primary election night results were as follows :
1) Incumbent Constable Danny Frankum - 49.4% or 590 votes
2) LCSO Sergeant Tommy Koen - 30.9% or 396 votes
If Danny Frankum had received one vote more than 50% of the votes in this race there would be no need for a run off election, but between the third candidate in the race (Darrell Elliot) and Koen the incumbent did not have the votes to win.
Frankum paid $500 for the recount and nothing changed in the vote tally between him and Koen. A decision was made on a provisional ballot that gave Darrell Elliot one more vote, which actually raised the threshold for Frankum to top 50%. The run-off will be July 31st.
This constable position is rumored to be a possible budget target and could be cut in the near future. This is a second job for Danny Frankum and hours devoted to it range from 12 hours per week to 30 hours (depending on who you listen to). It is thought to be the working hours in this precinct that have made it one of the top choices for consolidation and employee reduction.