Tarrant County will have a new sheriff for the first time in 16 years.
Voters overwhelmingly picked former Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn over Libertarian Max Koch III in unofficial returns. Waybourn had 81 percent of the vote to Koch’s 19 percent with all 694 precincts reporting in unofficial returns.
In the May 24 GOP runoff, Waybourn knocked off Sheriff Dee Anderson and vowed to improve low morale in the department. Anderson had been sheriff since 2001.
Waybourn said there are important steps he will take when he assumes office on Jan. 1
“First we need to recruit more people to the county and empower the people to do the noble job they are called to do,” Waybourn said in a statement Tuesday night. “Second, we need to work on community relations and we look to create a great foudnation for intelligence and crime prevention.”
White Settlement City Council
In politics, it probably isn’t a good idea to hack off cat lovers.
White Settlement Mayor Pro Tem Elzie Clements found out the hard way.
With all five precincts reporting, his challenger, Evellyn Spurlock had 57 percent of the vote while Clements had 43 percent.
In 2-1 vote in June, Clements voted to give Browser the Cat 30 days to be removed from the city’s library. The news got posted on Facebook and cat lovers around the world came to Browser’s defense.
A month later, he joined other council members in reversing that decision after Mayor Ronald White said they received nearly 1,400 emails from as far away as London, Guam and Australia urging the council to let Browser stay.
In the Place 3 race Danny Anderson had 60 percent of the vote while his opponent, George F. Klecan, had 40 percent with all five precincts reporting.
County Tax Assessor-Collector
Incumbent Ron Wright, R-Arlington, won reelection with 57 percent of the vote with all 694 precincts reporting. Democrat Lucas Lothamer of Arlington had 38 percent, and Libertarian Cindy Stanford had 5 percent. Wright has been tax assessor-collector since 2011.
County Commissioner Precinct 1
With all 208 precincts reporting, longtime incumbent Democrat Roy Charles Brooks with 58 percent of the vote defeated Republican Roy E. Lozano, an accountant, with 42 percent.
348th District Judge
Republican Colleyville attorney Mike Wallach was the winner with 57 percent (368,539 votes) of the vote over Fort Worth civil attorney Joe Drago who had 43 percent (273,483 votes) with all 694 precincts reporting. Drago’s father Joe Drago, was a longtime Tarrant County district judge who died in 2011. Judge Dana Womack, who had sat on the bench since 1997, decided not to seek re-election.
Constable Precinct 5
Democrat Ruben Garcia won easily with 85 percent over Libertarian Jack Betz, a pizza deliveryman, who had 15 percent with all 85 precincts reporting.
Constable Precinct 6
With all 70 precincts reporting, Republican incumbent Jon H. Siegel captured 57 percent of the vote to defeat Democratic challenger Kelicia L. Lyons, who had 43 percent of the vote.