Arlington attorney Kathy Lowthorp said Tuesday that she is joining the race for Tarrant County district attorney.Lowthorp made her announcement days after Bob Gill, a deputy chief in the district attorney’s office, bowed out of the race to focus on family and outside interests.Lowthorp, who had planned to run for Criminal District Court 1, said she decided to switch races now that Gill is no longer a candidate to replace District Attorney Joe Shannon, who recently said he will will retire at the end of his term.The “Tarrant County District Attorney’s office has been a leader throughout the state,” Lowthorp said in a statement. “The integrity of this office needs to be restored; the working environment needs a balance to allow case flow. The office of the District Attorney needs new talent from someone who has the passion and cares. “Constitutional freedoms are in jeopardy,” she said. “Victims need closure and our community requires safety and protection of property rights. I am that candidate.”Last month, former state District Judge Sharen Wilson jumped into the race, saying she would “right the ship” and properly lead the “scandal plagued” district attorney’s office.Wilson retired from the felony District Court bench she held for 23 years to join the race for the Republican nomination in the March primary. Veteran attorneys and former prosecutors Wes Ball and George Mackey have also said they want to be district attorney.In his announcement that he was leaving the race, Gill said he “made a heartfelt decision that will enable me to spend more time on family and private interests.”“While my years of serving the people of Tarrant County as a judge and as a criminal prosecutor has been a fulfilling life’s work, it is time that my family come first,” he said.Lowthorp, a Republican, is a former police officer who has been an attorney in Arlington for more than 13 years.“We need a viable candidate in this race,” she said.Shannon, 72, has been district attorney since 2009.The Tarrant County Democratic Party, so far, has not fielded a candidate. Filing for next year’s primary begins Nov. 9. This report includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.
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