Tuesday’s election night was nationwide news, but in Williamson County another election result created buzz as well.
Williamson County Commissioners Court Precinct 1 candidate Terry Cook is the first Democrat elected to the court since 1994.
The last Democrat to serve was Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Mehevec, who left office in December 1998, according to Connie Watson, public affairs manager for the county.
Cook defeated Republican Landy Warren by garnering 21,776 votes, or 51.11 percent of all Williamson County Commissioners Court Precinct 1 votes. Warren received 20,828 votes, or 48.89 percent of all votes. In total, 42,604 votes were cast for the race, according to unofficial Williamson County results.
On election night with about an 800-vote lead, Cook would not declare victory, but she said she was optimistic.
“It’s tighter than I hoped for, but we did it with little money, a whole lot of volunteers and a very targeted campaign,” Cook said. “It was a race well-run, no matter what happens. We did the right thing with good attitudes and a good message.”
In a Q&A with Community Impact Newspaper, Cook said the court has failed to be responsive to the increasing diversity of the county’s growing population, and she said she will focus on reducing the tax burden on individual property owners.
Cook will replace Commissioner Lisa Birkman, who decided not to seek re-election after serving three terms for a total of 12 years.