Fannin County voters elect new County Judge

Randy Moore, (right) was elected Fannin County Judge on Tuesday, beating incumbent Spanky Carter for the post.

BONHAM, Tex. (KXII) -- Voters in Fannin County elected a new county judge on Tuesday.

The Fannin County Sheriff said the residents made the right decision.

"It's an exciting time I am just glad to see so many people come out and support me," Fannin County Judge Elect Randy Moore said. Moore beat out two-term incumbent Spanky Carter in the GOP primary.

"I hope to make a change to make change in how we see each other in the county," Moore said. "I hope people now see unity in the county."

Sheriff Mark Johnson said he is excited about the change. "We wanted to have a voice and to have someone that would listen to us and sit down and talk to us about our needs and that hasn't happened in the year that I have been here," he said.

Johnson said he had trouble getting Carter to agree on funding additional deputies. On average, Johnson says, they have two officers patrolling 900 square miles, and that is not enough.

"I'm not going to try to do their job," Moore said. "My job is to manage the budget and we are going to sit down and see if we can't work things out."

Carter said he wishes Moore all the best and is willing to help out any way he can.

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