Galveston County Republican Party Chairman Carl Gustafson won re-election Tuesday, defeating challenger Yolanda Waters.
Gustafson received 12,588 votes to Waters’ 8,235, according to complete but unofficial results. He received 60 percent of the total votes cast.
Gustafson will remain in the seat he was first elected to in 2016, which might keep him in the middle of turmoil caused by some members of the county Republican Party who say they are unhappy with his leadership.
In November, a faction among party precinct chairs claimed they were in charge of the administration of the party.
Waters, an Omega Bay resident and former party vice chairman, had sided with the rebelling precinct chairs.
Gustafson has dismissed the group by saying it’s formed of people who have personal issues with him. He argues the group has no real power.
In the past two months, the group has continued to agitate against Gustafson. Some members tried to gain access to a party bank account, prompting a lawsuit from the bank asking a judge to declare who should be able access the money.
Last week, Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey wrote to Gustafson, asking him to find a way to mend the divisions in the party, or Galveston delegates would risk not being recognized at the party’s state convention in June.
Gustafson could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.