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Fifth District Court Judge Bill Miller bested challenger Monty Murry in Tuesday's race.

With all votes counted in Bowie and Cass counties, which comprise the Fifth District, Miller received 12,331 votes and Murry received 4,468 votes, according to complete but unofficial results.

In Bowie County, where voting totals were not complete until about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, Miller received 8,742 votes to Murry's 3,738 votes.

In Cass County, final totals in the race gave Miller, 3,589 votes and Murry 730 votes.

Miller reflected Wednesday afternoon on the victory.

"I'm extremely grateful that the voters of Bowie and Cass counties showed their overwhelming support for me continuing my service as Judge of the Fifth Judicial District of Texas. I'm humbled by our citizens' votes of support and look forward to continuing my role as judge with a clear sense of the voters' approval of my job performance since 2015.

"I want to thank my wife, Jessica, for her patience, understanding, and unwavering love and support throughout this process. An election is tough and a lot of work, but I'm very thankful to have a supportive network in the rest of my family, as well as friends, and will continue to work to make the Fifth Judicial District Court a court where the Constitution and law come first and everyone gets a fair opportunity to present their case."

Murry said he had no plans to run in the future and shared his thoughts on the process.

"I view it as a positive experience. I have no regrets and life goes on," Murry said Wednesday afternoon. "I was able to get to know many of the other candidates and that was a good experience — lots of good men and women running. One of the best things that came out of this is that I met a lot of friends and I had a lot of support," he said.

"We ran a bare-bones campaign with my wife, children, close family and a few friends," Murry said.

Miller has served as Fifth District Judge since being appointed by Governor Rick Perry in January 2015. Miller ran unopposed in 2016 and will serve his current term of office through December 31, 2020. He was elected in a contested race Tuesday against Texarkana lawyer Monty Murry.

Miller, 48, is currently the administrative judge of Bowie and Cass counties. Miller is a member of the Bowie County Juvenile Probation Board of Directors, the Bowie County Adult Probation Board of Directors and the Cass County Juvenile and Adult Probation Boards of Directors.

Miller is a 1993 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a political science major and communications minor. Miller graduated from Texas Tech School of Law in 1996.

Murry has been practicing law for 34 years and currently heads the Murry Law Office in Texarkana.

Murry has been board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1999. Murry graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 1985 and received a psychology degree from Baylor University.

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