Cooke County Judge Candidates Advance to Runoff

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COOKE COUNTY, TX. -- Voters in Cooke County have a little more time to decide who they want as the next County Judge.

None of the three-candidates were able to collect enough votes to secure the spot. Now, only two-candidates remain

Nearly 5-thousand voters turned out to cast their vote for a new Cooke County Judge.
However, with no candidate able to secure more than 50 percent of the votes, Republican candidates Byron Berry and Jason Brinkley will go head-to-head in a runoff election to decide the winner.

"At the end we came up just a little bit short. About 52-votes," said Brinkley.

Brinkley collected just under 49 percent of the votes. Byron Berry was the second top vote-getter with 31-percent.
Brinkley believes he has great momentum heading into the runoff.

"I've got the county government experience. I've been here for 5-years in county government...and I believe I can hit the ground running," said Brinkley.

Berry believes the residents of Cooke need a Judge who is not in county government, but someone with business experience, to help balance the budget and bring in revenue.

"Your county judge outta be a business man to know how to deal with other business people to know how to draw business to the county. It's the only way you're going to reduce taxes for the individual is by building a bigger tax base," said Berry.

Both candidates believe Cooke County needs a plan for the ensure its continued growth.

"If we could get a five year economic plan. Many of our cities that are clients and governmental entities that we represent, they do have that," said Berry

"We need to be more proactive than reactive. We need to see issues as they come up and not wait until they become a crisis and deal with them," said Brinkley.

The primary election runoff for Cooke County Judge is set for May, 27th.

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