Simmons is ahead in Dem primary for precinct 2 county commissioner

Early voting shows Alissa Simmons with a narrow lead in the Democratic primary for Precinct 2 county commissioner, according to unofficial results released by the county after polls closed Tuesday.

In the election to represent southeast Tarrant County, Arlington city council member Ruby Faye Woolridge is facing off against Alissa Simmons, Arlington’s NAACP president.

Of the votes counted thus far, Simmons has 51% of votes. Woolridge has 48.9%.

The winner will face sole Republican candidate Andy Nyugen, who held the position from 2010 to 2018.

The general election will test the seat’s fate as newly Democratic after Tarrant County Commissioner Devan Allen flipped it blue in 2018; it had been held by Republicans since 1985.

Allen in November announced she wouldn’t seek re-election, citing bullying, disrespect and discrimination.

Both Woolridge and Simmons are running on similar platforms, emphasizing access to health care and affordable housing.

Campaigning between the two candidates, who were in the same sorority and attend the same church, has gotten ugly in the final month of campaigning.

In a February editorial interview with the Star-Telegram, Simmons accused Woolridge of seeking the position for the money. County commissioners make $180,000 a year. As a member of the Arlington City Council–which, unlike the commissioner seat, is not a full-time position–Woolridge makes $2,400.

Woolridge denied the claim and said she thought Simmons was using what was said in confidence against her.

Jess Hardin covers growth and development. After graduating from Georgetown University, she completed a Fulbright grant in Georgia (the country) and did a brief stint of federal service in whistleblower protection. Jess comes to Fort Worth after helping launch digital news start-up Mahoning Matters in the wake of the closure of The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio. Send tips to or via Twitter to @jesslhardin.

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