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GOP voters strongly endorse O'Connor as sheriff in Victoria

By Gheni_Platenburg
May 29, 2012 at 12:29 a.m.
Updated May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.

Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor stops his vehicle while on patrol to read a text message with election updates Tuesday night near Telferner. O'Connor said  he would rather be out patrolling and helping his deputies than waiting at a party to hear about his future.

Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor swept the Republican nomination by a landslide during Tuesday's primary elections.

O'Connor received 6,177 votes, while challenger B. Scott Hornstein received 1,412 votes.

"It's most gratifying that the people in Victoria continue to believe in what we're doing," O'Connor said. "I will never let them down and will continue to make a difference by achieving excellence at the sheriff's office."

Hornstein relayed his congratulations to the sheriff.

"To all the voters who did support me and helped me on my campaign, thank you," Hornstein said.

While he had come to terms with losing the election, he said he was surprised at the low number of votes he received.

"I didn't think it would be as big of a margin," said Hornstein. "We thought it would be closer."

O'Connor has served as sheriff since Jan. 1, 2005.

During his tenure, he has dealt with a number of high-profile criminal cases, including a number of Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos cases, as well as the William Lance Ponton stabbing.

Voters seemed pleased with O'Connor's nomination.

"I've known T. Michael O'Connor for over 50 years. We went to kindergarten, junior high and high school together," said attorney Kevin Cullen. "In the 57 years I've been in Victoria, I think he's the best sheriff we've ever had."

Republican County Chairman Michael Cloud said the results were "a testament to what Victoria thinks about the job he's doing."

"He is a known quantity. They appreciate the job he's doing," Cloud said. "It will be just as evident in November as it was today."

O'Connor will not face a Democratic opponent in November's general election.

"It doesn't mean I just get to sit back," said O'Connor. "This is the greatest opportunity to highlight the achievements and where the sheriff's office has come and what our plans are for the future."

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