A trio of conservative Collin County Commissioners Court candidates won their contested Republican primaries Tuesday, all but assuring themselves general election wins in the GOP stronghold. All three were endorsed by Texans For Fiscal Responsibility.
Chris Hill stepped down as Precinct 3 Commissioner last October to run for retiring County Judge Keith Self’s position. Hill won 61 percent of the vote in a three-way race with Scott Johnson (31 percent) and former McKinney City Council member Ray Ricchi (8 percent).
“We need strong conservative leadership on Commissioners Court who will continue the legacy of Keith Self,” Hill told supporters at his campaign kickoff event. Hill earned the endorsement of Self and a multitude of conservative organizations, Republican leaders, and state legislators.
Political newcomers Darrell Hale and Briana Andor ran to fill Hill’s unexpired term as Precinct 3 Commissioner. Hale, a Tea Party favorite endorsed by several local and statewide conservative groups, won 56 percent of the vote. Hale says he personally knocked on 7,700 doors during the campaign and was able to reach many more voters with support from his family, precinct chairs, and grassroots activists.
“Slow and steady won the race,” Hale told Texas Scorecard. “But it’s not over. We’ve got to keep working hard all the way until November.”
Voters in Precinct 2 re-elected Commissioner Cheryl Williams by a 69 to 31-percent margin over challenger Joey Herald, a former Allen City Council member. Williams, who is known for her thrift with taxpayers’ money, was endorsed by a long list of state and local officials and conservative organizations.
“The election results clearly show that the voters of Collin County overwhelmingly support the continuation of the conservative policies that I have championed on Commissioners Court,” Williams told Texas Scorecard. “I am honored and humbled by the strong show of support and confidence from my constituents.”
Precinct 4 Commissioner Duncan Webb ran unopposed.
Democrats ran one primary candidate for each of the positions; those four will also be on the general election ballot. But conservative Collin County is expected to elect all Republicans to its Commissioners Court in November.