Republican Greg Henington and Democrat Oscar Cobos succeed in Brewster County judge runoff races, head to general election in November 

BREWSTER COUNTY — Republican Greg Henington and Democrat Oscar Cobos were victorious in Tuesday’s runoff election and will proceed to represent their parties as county judge candidates in the general election this coming fall.

Unofficial results were released by Brewster County election officials late Tuesday night. In the Republican race, results show Henington ahead of opponent Ryan Skelton, with Henington receiving a total of 652 votes and Skelton receiving a total of 603. In the Democratic race, results show Cobos ahead of opponent Mimi Smith, with Cobos earning a total of 368 votes and Smith earning a total of 258.

“I take this time to express my deep appreciation to everyone who voted and has supported my campaign for Brewster County judge,” said Cobos. “Thank you to all the candidates who have been in this election with a desire to serve in our community.”

Additionally, in the wake of the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, Cobos expressed support for a grieving community. 

“At this time we come in spirit and prayer for the community of Uvalde, Texas — families, friends and everyone impacted by the loss of their loved ones,” said Cobos. 

Henington did not respond to a request for comment by press time. 

The county judge is the county’s top official, and presides over the commissioner’s court. County judges help lead county governments, overseeing safety, public transportation, parks, hospitals, buildings, zoning, waste, water and permit regulations, taxes and more. 

Current Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano, a Democrat who has been in the role since 2015, announced he would not run for reelection in December, citing a need to spend more time with his family. Cano will continue to serve as county judge until January 2023 when newly-elected officials finally take office.