While progressives around the country are reeling this morning at the news that a man who based his campaign on hatred and bigotry has claimed the highest political office in our country, those in Dallas County can take some comfort in the fact that their county remains a solidly blue island in a sea of red.
Hillary Clinton won Dallas County with 61.13 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat and a Latina lesbian, won her fourth term with a 21-point-plus victory over Republican challenger Kirk Launius, 58.54 percent to 36.62 percent. Libertarian David Geoffrey Morris earned 3.47 percent of the vote, and Green Party candidate J.C. Osbourne followed with 1.36 percent.
Democrat Theresa Daniel defeated Repblican Steven Rayshell, 64.51 percent-35.49 percent for Dallas County Commissioner Precinct 1, while longtime Democratic incumbent John Wiley Price easily won his re-election bid for the County Commissioner Precinct 3 seat, despite the fact that he goes on trial on corruption charges in February. Price, who has been on the comissioners court since 1985, won 67.46 percent of the vote, defeating Republican S.T Russell with 27.34 percent and Green Party Candidate Ona Marie Hendricks with 5.2 percent.
Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson coasted to victory in the 30th District with 77.91 percent of the vote. Republican Charles Lingerfelt managed only 18.96 percent of the vote, while Libertarian Jarrett R. Woods won 2.17 percent and Green Party Candidate Thom Prentice earned only .94 percent.
Johnson has represented District 30 since 1993.