Tim O’Hare wins county Republican judge’s primary, will face Democrat Deborah Peoples in November

Former Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price lost her bid to become Tarrant County’s next judge on Tuesday in a landslide loss to a far-right conservative after a bitter and contentious campaign in the Republican primary.

Price, Fort Worth’s longest-serving mayor and former Tarrant County tax assessor-collector, was beaten 57-34 percent by Tim O’Hare, former Tarrant County GOP chairman and former Farmers mayor. Branch.

O’Hare ruthlessly attacked Price throughout the campaign, saying she was “disqualified” for being a Republican because she wasted “millions on a diversity and inclusion office that pushes the woke propaganda of the critical race theory.

O’Hare ran on a platform of cutting county taxes, strengthening law enforcement and fighting to keep Tarrant County a Republican stronghold after demographic shifts saw Democrats Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke wearing the County in the 2020 and 2018 races.

O’Hare will face Democrat Deborah Peoples in the November general election. The Peoples won the Democratic primary with more than 82% of the vote.

“What an amazing feeling waking up this morning as a Republican candidate for Tarrant County Judge,” O’Hare remarked on Twitter Wednesday morning. “To all of our supporters, volunteers and constituents, we cannot thank you enough. You were just amazing. We look forward to working together and winning in November. God is good.”

Price was not available for comment.

Price’s loss was shocking but not completely surprising.

Betsy Price

“What’s really surprising is the spread — that it’s been routed,” said James Riddlesperger, a professor of political science at Texas Christian University. “Although Betsy Price is well known and quite well-liked in Fort Worth, many Republicans in other parts of the county are staunch conservatives.

“Primaries bring out the most passionate voters,” Riddlesperger said.

Riddlesperger also pointed out that historically the ruling party nationally tends to suffer political backlash in midterm elections. Both former presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama suffered significant losses of congressional seats in the midterm elections.

Riddlesperger said that although Biden’s name does not appear on the ballot, he is “a major factor in the election.”

Additionally, the Republican Party in Tarrant County — and elsewhere — tends to be more conservative and more focused on social and cultural issues than a healthy business climate and prosperity, noted Democratic political strategist and native Matt Angle. of Tarrant County.

“The party of George W. Bush and Kay Bailey Hutchison is unrecognizable,” Angle said. “Let’s go.

“Betsy Price was beaten 2 to 1 outside of Fort Worth,” Angle said.

O’Hare, who touted his ultra-conservative values ​​throughout the campaign, railing against critical race theory and “revivalism,” brought a history of supporting discriminatory policies to his campaign.

While serving on the Farmers Branch council from 2005 to 2008 and that city’s mayor from 2008 to 2011, O’Hare made national headlines for his efforts to ban landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants. , to make English the official language of the Farmers Branch. and stop funding programs serving the children of undocumented immigrants in the community with a large Latin American population.

The order resulted in numerous lawsuits and was ruled unconstitutional in federal court, according to The Dallas Morning News. The legal battle cost the city about $6.6 million in legal fees, according to the newspaper.

Since moving to Southlake and being elected president of the Republican Party in 2016, O’Hare has led the battle over critical race theory (an academic concept focused on the systemic and untaught racism of the kindergarten to 12and grade) in the Carroll Independent School District of Southlake.

O’Hare formed the Southlake Families PAC to fight a diversity plan which was created amid complaints of racist comments and behavior by white students towards students of color.

“I formed Southlake Families and hired a Fort Worth attorney to sue the school district to stop their Marxist/Socialist plan. Southlake Families brought to light the administration’s anti-American, extremely liberal and illegal agenda then up,” O’Hare told the Dallas Morning News.

O’Hare’s group won the lawsuit and helped elect three ultra-conservative school board members.

During the primary campaign, O’Hare also called on moderate Republicans like Price and current County Judge Glen Whitley to retire from politics and retire.

In other high-profile Republican races, Phil Sorrells and Matt Krause will face off in a Republican runoff for district attorney since Sorrells failed to secure 50% of the vote.

Manny Ramirez defeated Joe D. “Jody” Johnson and Larry Dale Carpenter Jr. for the Republican nomination for County Commissioner 4.

Tarrant County election results were delayed until Wednesday morning due to a problem with the county’s voting equipment. In addition, several polling stations opened late due to a lack of election judges, but all stations eventually opened.

To visit Tarrant County Elections for full Republican and Democratic election results.

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