Elections

Devon Anderson Wins Harris County District Attorney’s Race

One of the most contentious local campaigns in 2014.

Devon AndersonHarris County District Attorney Devon Anderson. Photo taken during an event on October 29, 2014.

 

The race for Harris County District Attorney was one of the most contentious campaigns in this election. And after being appointed to the job, Devon Anderson has now been elected District Attorney.

Republican Anderson was appointed last year by Governor Perry following the death of her husband, Mike Anderson, who only served eight months in office.

The veteran prosecutor says she wants to fullfill promises made by her husband to restore confidence in the DA’s office.

She addressed supporters at a victory party in West Houston.

“We fight for justice for crime victims. We follow the law. We base our decisions on the law and the evidence, not on politics, not on popularity.”

Kim OggOgg addresses supporters flanked by her partner Olivia Jordan and her father Jack Ogg.  

Anderson was in a heated campaign against Democrat Kim Ogg, a former prosecutor and defense attorney who also headed Crime Stoppers of Houston.

Ogg ran on a platform that included alternative sentencing for people convicted of low-level drug offenses.

At her election night party in downtown Houston, Ogg’s supporters said they were proud she ran a strong campaign.

Her message to Anderson is that people deserve equal justice.

“And that her stance on positions such as drug policy, public corruption, are watched by the public, that we care about it, and the people of this county care about it.”

The DA’s race was viewed as the most competitive for Harris County Democrats, with pre-election polls showing nearly a dead heat.

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