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.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


(3) comments

micheal moore

Embattled? Seriously? He won with 60% of the vote. As embattled as LBJ in 1964 and Reagan in 1984. Seriously, GCDN, get the most basic of clues.

Jean Casanave

You HAVE to be kidding me!

Shawn Byars

The email from RPT Chairman James Dickey outlines the problems, offers remedies and cites the Texas Law and RPT Party Rules that govern the process. I do not see this mentioned anywhere in your story I also do not see where you acknowledge that this group's "claim" actually has standing according to these laws and rules. Even Chairman Dickey said so in his email. Did you read the entire email? Surely you would have presented a better snapshot of the ACTUAL situation and not a poorly researched piece. Did you do your own legwork or did someone feed you this BS? Chairman Gustafson, like his predecessor Chairwoman Barbara Meeks, think the chairman is the dictator of the County Executive Committee. State law and RPT Party rules state otherwise.

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