Healey keeps DA position after runoff election

April 14, 2010 8:06:39 AM PDT
Seventeen-year incumbent John Healey reclaimed his title as Fort Bend County district attorney Tuesday after his challenger failed to oust him from office during the runoff election. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Healey garnered 6,543 votes, while his opponent, Nina Schaefer, took 6,077.

Healey will remain district attorney for the next four years because no Democratic candidates had to race against the Republican nominees in November.

Schaefer is a municipal court judge and veteran defense and family attorney with 24 years of experience.

Healey had worked in the Fort Bend District Attorney's Office for 28 years, first as a prosecutor then for the last 17 as the district attorney.

Fort Bend County kept polling locations open for an extra hour because of equipment issues. Judge Jim Shoemake made the decision Tuesday afternoon after the county began experiencing problems with its electronic poll list, which allows officials to determine whether a voter opted for a Republican or Democratic hopeful.

The issues caused voting delays throughout the county, prompting the Republican Party to request the extension.

See complete results from Tuesday's primary runoff elections.

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