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Preview: Potter County Court at Law #2, Republican Runoff

In a race that has come down to the wire, two Amarillo legal titans are facing off in the battle to replace the retiring Judge Pamela Sirmon in the Potter County Court at Law #2.

On March 6th, voters sent Matthew Hand and Wade Overstreet to a runoff for the Republican nomination for Potter County Court at Law #2. The two candidates advanced from a three-candidate field and are looking to clinch the Republican nomination, which will likely lead to an unopposed race in November.

Hand is an Amarillo attorney, currently practicing at Brown & Fortunato. Hand is married to Stacy Hand, an assistant district attorney in Randall County, and has two children. Practicing law for nearly thirty years, Hand has been a constant fixture in Potter County's civil courts. Hand is on the ballot for the first time in Amarillo and advanced to the runoff as the top vote-getter in the March 6th primary, winning 48 percent of the vote. Hand holds degrees from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas. Hand is also a volunteer for local Boy Scouts of American organizations.

Overstreet is a Potter County prosecutor. Overstreet has served the people of Potter County as a prosecutor for many years and currently serves as assistant Potter County Attorney. Overstreet is married and has three children. This marks Overstreet's first appearance on the ballot, after he won 36 percent in the March 6th primary election. Overstreet is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and holds degrees from Lamar University and South Texas College of Law.

In addition, the first candidate in the race, who did not make the runoff, has released an endorsement for Tuesday's election. Jerry Morales, who received 16 percent of the vote on March 6th, has endorsed Overstreet.

Voters will pick a nominee in this race on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Hand, Overstreet  Photos by Campaigns

Hand, Overstreet

Photos by Campaigns

1,400 Cast Ballots Early in Potter County

Preview: Potter County Court at Law #1, Republican Runoff