FORT WORTH, Texas - Republican and former Farmers Branch mayor Tim O’Hare defeated Democrat Deborah Peoples in the race for Tarrant County judge.
O’Hare won with 53% of the vote. Peoples, the former chairwoman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, conceded the race late Tuesday night.
O’Hare said he will work to unite the county.
"I’m going to do what I think is right and I’m going to say what I believe and ultimately people are going to respond to it and get behind it or they won’t and that’s kind of how it goes," he said.
O’Hare will replace Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, who is retiring from office after 26 years.
What does a County Judge do?
Despite the name, most county judges do not try cases in Texas. Depending on the size of the county, they are asked to perform certain tasks. In Dallas, they serve as the supervisor of the commissioners courts, help run the county government and serve as the head of emergency management.
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Tarrant County Election Results
It was a good night for Republicans in Tarrant County. The GOP held on to the district attorney's office.
Phil Sorrells will replace outgoing DA Sharon Wilson. He holds a 6 point lead over Democrat Tiffany Banks.
Sorrells has been a judge for 25 years and had the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
There will also be two new faces on the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.
Voters also elected Democrat Alisa Simmons to represent Precinct 2 and Republican Manny Ramirez is leading his Democratic opponent in the race for Precinct 4.