In an unanimous vote by the Tarrant County Election Commission, Clinton Ludwig was appointed to be the new Tarrant County election administrator.

Ludwig, a former Marine, currently serves as the county’s chief deputy county clerk. He takes over for Heider Garcia, who submitted his resignation in April. According to County Judge Tim O’Hare, Ludwig will begin his new role Aug. 1.

The details

The county’s election commission is a group of bipartisan officials tasked with filling the job of election administrator. Its members include:
  • Tarrant County Judge Tim O’Hare
  • Rick Barnes, chair of the Tarrant County Republican Party
  • Allison Campolo, chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party
  • Tarrant County Tax Assessor Wendy Burgess
  • Tarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Nicholson
Sorting out details

O’Hare stated that while there were more than 35 applicants, he felt that there were three that could do the job. Besides Ludwig, the other two finalists were Fred Crosley, the former chief financial officer for Trinity Metro, which is the county’s public transit service, and Karen Wiseman. She is the president of 5 Stones Foundation, a nonprofit that exists to support anti-trafficking and victim advocacy efforts in Tarrant County.

Quote of note

Before voting on Ludwig to become the next Tarrant County election administrator, O'Hare spoke about both Wiseman's and Ludwig's capabilities in the role: "To Karen Wiseman, if the vote does not go her way, I think she's very capable and cares a lot about her country and elections, but I do believe, in my opinion, is that Clint would make an outstanding choice."