UPDATED: GOP candidate's wife casts vote in final ballot round,

UPDATED: GOP candidate's wife casts vote in final ballot round, approved for selection

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

The GOP candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 approved for selection by his own wife.

In an hours-long selection process Tuesday night, Republicans chose Lance Cansino to fill the open Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 position on the November ballot. The party's precinct four executive committee, made up of the elected precinct chairs for that precinct, interviewed six other candidates.

Party Chairman Steve Evans said Cansino's wife Jane did cast a vote in the final ballot round between her husband and another candidate.

"The rules do say that if you stand to personally gain, that you should abstain a vote, but you're not required to. No one can make you not vote. Because this was such a small committee, really everyone that lives in her precinct and others needs to be represented, so with that in mind she chose to represent that body and cast a vote," Evans said.

Evans said Cansino is the party's candidate and it will work to see him elected.

He will face Gracie Gomez, the democratic candidate, who was announced Tuesday night as the party's selection.

Despite not fielding a candidate in March, state law allows both parties to select nominees for the November ballot since the seat vacated after the primary season. 


In an hours-long selection process Tuesday night, Republicans chose Lance Cansino to fill the open Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 position on the November ballot. The party's precinct four executive committee, made up of the elected precinct chairs for that precinct, interviewed six other candidates.

The Lubbock County Democratic Party announced Gracie Gomez as its nominee.

This position was not on the March primary; the seat will be vacated when Ann-Marie Carruth takes over for County Court-at-Law #3 after the election. She was selected by the Republican party to fill the ballot position left by the death of J. David Nelson in July. 

State law allows the two parties to select nominees for the November ballot since the seat vacated after the primary season. Election Day is November 6.

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