The runoff election for the Shelby County District Attorney on the Republican ticket has come to an end, and the choice of voters is Ken Florence.
Florence received 1223 votes over Karren Price’s 678 votes making him the victor of the runoff election
“It seems to be pretty decisive. I expected to actually prevail. I wasn’t sure where the numbers would be, of course with the runoff being as late as it was, it’s basically without precedent in Texas I believe, so I just wasn’t sure about turnout,” said Florence.
“I was looking at the numbers for all the various candidates, including the Dewhurst/Cruse run, and it looked like I was the top vote getter of any of those folks. So, I’m really appreciative of the voters for that, and don’t plan to let them down in any fashion.”
While Florence has been running for election he has had the double duty of being the acting Shelby County District Attorney since January 10, 2012.
“This office has had two attorneys for a number of years, and I remember when I spoke to the governor’s office last year they asked, ‘do you think you can do it?’, and I said, ‘I think I can.’ It’s been tough, and has taken a lot of energy, but I’ve been doing it alone for six months, and I’d like to have gotten more done. But I’ve kept the ship afloat so to speak,” said Florence
Now that he has received the favor of the voters during the runoff he will take a short breather over the coming weekend. Then Florence says its back to work reaching out to members of the community.
“I pretty much just intend on going out, and re-knocking on folks doors, hitting more doors than I did the first time around,” stated Florence. “I’m still meeting people that say, ‘Hey I’ve voted for you, I supported you, but I haven’t met you yet.’ I just love to hear that. That’s great that they had that confidence in me before meeting me, but I’d like everyone to know me next time around.”
Now that the runoff is finished, Stephen Shires waits to contend with Florence in the upcoming November election
“He actually called to congratulate me yesterday, and we spoke. We even talked about reaching an agreement about putting out signs. Stephen’s a nice guy. I don’t anticipate any negative campaigning on either side going forward,” said Florence
Florence was very appreciative of all of the voters that turned out for the runoff, and endured the hot temperatures.
“I would like to thank the voters for coming out, it was really hot out, and I was meeting a lot of voters out there. I think when I left Timpson it was 102.”
Voters now will have to look toward Nov. 6 when their final decision will be heard on who the Shelby County District Attorney will be.