Sheriff, Tarrant County commissioners re-elected

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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Three Tarrant County Republicans retained their posts Tuesday with Sheriff Dee Anderson, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Gary Fickes and Tax Assessor-collector Ron Wright holding sizable leads in early election returns.

Fickes, first elected in 2006, led 73 percent to 27 percent over Democrat Norm Lyons, a former Texas Rangers baseball executive and first-time candidate.

"I tried to do my job and tried to do it right and I think people are recognizing that. I'm serious about what I do," Fickes said Tuesday night.

A Tea Party group in Grapevine threw its support to Lyons but Fickes said that move just brought more awareness to the race.

"I think it helped me," he said.

Fickes said the county commission's focus on fiscal responsibility also helped.

"We don't throw money away. We have an AAA bond rating. We've gotten a lot of things done," he said.

Transportation in Northeast Tarrant has long been a problem but Fickes said roadways are improving.

"I've stuck with transportation issues. It's a long haul but we've seen significant changes in my precinct. It's involved a lot of people but I feel like I was a part of that."

"I just stick to my job and take it very seriously," he said.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Roy Brooks, the lone Democrat on the panel, was unopposed.

Anderson, first elected in 2000, led Democrat Roberto C. Gracia 60 percent to 40 percent.

Gracia, a sergeant in the Sheriff's Department, was fired from the department but was reinstated with a demotion from lieutenant by the Civil Service Commission in August 2010.

Anderson called Gracia a "disgruntled employee," but Gracia claimed that morale in the department was low and his co-workers had encouraged him to run.

Tuesday night Anderson said that voters appeared happy with the direction of the department.

"We're pleased, I think we felt confident that voters were happy with the job we have done. We're very excited to have four more years," Anderson said.

Wright, who was appointed by county commissioners 18 months ago when Betsy Price left to become mayor of Fort Worth, was ahead of Libertarian Ken Stafford II 83 percent to 13 percent.

Wright has worked as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, and served eight years on the Arlington City Council.

In Tarrant County judicial races, 16 Republican judges ran unopposed.

In constable's races, Republicans ran unopposed in precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

In Precinct 5, Democrat Ruben Garcia, who has worked as a deputy sheriff and deputy constable in the precinct, led Republican Dan Chisholm 64 percent to 36 percent. Chisholm is a former police chief of River Oaks.

In Precinct 6, Republican Jon Siegel, who has worked in constable offices for 12 years, led Democrat Raymond Williby by 59 percent to 41 percent. Williby is a senior deputy constable in Precinct 8.

In Precinct 7, Republican incumbent Clint Burgess led 55 percent to 45 percent over Roosevelt Lee Masters Jr., a Democratic deputy constable.

Steve Campbell, 817-390-7981

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