History is Made in Race for Harris County District Attorney

In a race that went down to the wire, voters elect Pat Lykos the first female district attorney in Harris County. She beat former Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford. Pat Hernandez has the story.


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While both Democrat Bradford and Republican Lykos predicted a close race, the two were at odds over who had the experience to lead an organization of over 240 attorneys. Bradford had beaten Lykos in the early voting tally, but as the night wore on…Lykos chipped away at his lead and told a crowd of supporters.

“I’m ready.”(applause)

She said it’s a whole new day for the office of Harris County District Attorney.

“And we’re gonna the citizens of Harris County. That’s the number one priority. The restoration of the rule of law and to protect the people of Harris County, that’s the mission.”

Both campaigned for the treatment of minor offenders with drug problems or mental illness instead of crowding the jail. Lykos says she is humbled at what she did.

Lykos: “I can’t believe it…I cannot believe it.”

Hernandez: “What is it that you cannot believe? I mean, people trusted when they cast the ballot for Pat Lykos.”

Lykos: “You’re absolutely right, and that’s where the humility comes in. But I mean… I feel like Texas Tech, Okay?”

The office became open after incumbent Chuck Rosenthal resigned amid allegations over the improper use of his county computer.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF…Houston Public Radio News.

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