Strong voter turnout and a grassroots campaign propelled Democrat Devan Allen to victory Tuesday for Tarrant County commissioner over Republican incumbent Andy Nguyen, according to total unofficial results.
Allen led the race all night and ended with 51 percent of the votes to Nguyen’s 49 percent. Precinct 2 represents southeast Tarrant County.
Allen attributed the tight race to a grassroots campaign that focused on issues and not “he said, she said” politics.
“People trusted that I will work for the best interest of the greatest number of people,” she said.
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Though this will be Allen’s first time in office, she’s no newcomer to politics. She worked for state Rep. Chris Turner and as an aide for the Fort Worth City Council.
Allen said that she will focus on healthcare access and that implementation of the JPS Health System bond will be her top priority.
Nguyen didn’t return a call for comment by deadline. He was elected in 2010 as the county’s first-Asian American to hold office.
Prior to election night, Nguyen said he was proudest of building partnerships during his time in office. He pointed to support of the 360 Tollway as a major project completed in his district.
“That highway is spurring a lot of economic development now,” he said.
In other Tarrant County Elections:
Tarrant County tax assessor-collector
Wendy Burgess, a Mansfield Republican who previously served on that city’s council, beat Democrat Ollie Anderson in the race for Tarrant County tax assessor-collector with 54 percent of the votes compared to 46 percent for Anderson, according to total unofficial results.
Tarrant County drivers won’t have to worry about a change in the office’s policy toward outstanding red-light camera violations now that Burgess has won.
Burgess will replace Ron Wright, who ran for the 6th Congressional District. Wright ignored a state law banning those with outstanding red-light camera citations from renewing their vehicle registrations. Burgess said she will continue a policy of renewing registrations no matter how many unpaid red-light tickets a person has because she said she believes it isn’t the responsibility of a county agency to enforce the fines.
“I’ve heard from the people of Tarrant County and that’s what they want,” she said.
Tarrant County judge
Republican incumbent Glen Whitley beat Democrat Lawrence “Larry” Meyers with 53 percent of the vote, compared to Meyers’ 47 percent.
Whitley, who has served as county judge for 12 years, said job growth in Tarrant County will be a major focus of his next term. Whitley pointed to an $800 million bond package for improvements for the JPS Health Network and a University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas Christian University medical school as significant economic drivers for Tarrant County.
Tarrant County commissioners court, Precinct 4
Republican incumbent J.D. Johnson ran unopposed.
Tarrant County dstrict attorney
Republican incumbent Sharen Wilson beat Democrat Albert John Roberts with 53 percent of the vote.
Tarrant district clerk
Republican Tom Wilder, the incumbent, beat Democrat John Derewitz with 53 percent of the vote.
Tarrant County clerk
Republican incumbent Mary Louise Garcia led Democrat Karroll W. Parker with 53 percent of the vote.