With a long-running county judge announcing his last term, and more county officials reportedly joining him, Tarrant County citizens will have opportunities to decide what kind of county government they want after suffering government abuses in 2020.
On June 8, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley (R) announced he would not seek re-election. “I’m proud of all that we have accomplished together to make Tarrant County among the most innovative and collaborative counties in this nation,” he said. Whitley has been in office since 2007.
In 2020, Whitley and commissioners repeatedly went against citizens when addressing the Chinese coronavirus situation.
Sources have described the relationship between Whitley and commissioners as one where he takes all responsibility for controversial decisions, protecting the commissioners and giving the appearance that he is to blame. However, as was seen last year in neighboring Dallas County, the county judge can be restricted by commissioners if a majority makes the effort.
“Your service to Tarrant County has been exemplary and I know the future holds great possibilities to benefit from your leadership,” State Sen. Beverly Powell (D–Burleson) tweeted to Whitley after his announcement.
Not all agreed with those sentiments.
“This is good news for Tarrant County,” True Texas Project CEO Julie McCarty said of Whitley’s announcement. “Anyone Whitley recommends as a replacement is not a good option. Thankfully Tim O’Hare has already announced, and he has my endorsement.”
O’Hare—former chairman of the Tarrant County GOP and former Mayor of Farmer’s Branch—announced his candidacy on May 20.
“I thank Judge Whitley for his many years of service to Tarrant County and wish him the best in retirement,” O’Hare told Texas Scorecard. “The future of Tarrant County is bright, and I look forward to sharing my conservative vision for our community in the coming months.”
O’Hare has a long list
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