CHRIS JENNINGS / HERALD DEMOCRAT
Phyllis James waits with her husband David and their grandkids for voting results in the County Commissioner Pct. 3 race at the Grayson county Courthouse Tuesday evening.
The office of Grayson County Commissioner Precinct 3 will have a new leader come January and it will be a woman. Republican Phyllis James beat incumbent Jackie Crisp Tuesday and now will face Democrat Carol Shea in November. Shea served several terms in the spot before leaving the Court a number of years ago.
“I am overwhelmed and humbled. I am so proud to be the Republican candidate for November,” James said. “I told someone that with hard work and determination and the grace of God you can accomplish your goals. I am just so excited.”
She said she is going to take a breather for a short while and then will hit the campaign trail again with her sights on that November win.
“I had lots of people helping me and I serve an awesome God and I give him the glory. I couldn’t have done it without him,” James continued.
Crisp said he wanted to win, but the people have spoken. “She worked harder and she deserved it. I look at it like it is the good Lord’s will. The sun is going to come up in the morning and there is nothing to sad about. There is nothing to be ashamed of.” He said he looks forward to finishing out his term and then seeing what God has in store for him.
James started her lead early. She collected 894 early votes compared to the 696 votes Crisp received. By the time Election Day had ended, James had collected a total of 1,655 votes compared to the 1,295 collected by Crisp.