GALVESTON — An independent candidate said he has collected the signatures needed to make it onto the ballot for Galveston County judge.

Bill Young, a former candidate for Galveston County Sheriff, said he has turned in a petition with more than 900 signatures of residents supporting his candidacy for judge.

A candidate needs the signatures of 500 or more registered voters who have not already voted in a primary election to make it onto the ballot, Chief Deputy Clerk for Elections Bill Sargent said. 

County officials will have to verify the names on the petition before Young is formally placed on the ballot, Sargent said.

If the petition is approved, Young will face incumbent county Judge Mark Henry in the November election. Henry won the Republican nomination for the county’s chief executive in a close primary race in March.

There will be no Democratic challenger for the position.

Young, a former police officer who ran in a crowded Republican field for Galveston County Sheriff in 2012, said partisan politics should not factor in to the work of a county judge.

“County business decisions are not Democratic or Republican decisions,” he said. “It’s just good business decisions.”

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