ADA Ross Kurtz wins GOP District Attorney nomination

Camille Doty

July 31, 2012 at 2:31 a.m.
Updated Aug. 1, 2012 at 3:01 a.m.

Ross Kurtz received 64 percent of the votes to win Republican Party nomination for the Wharton County district attorney.

He beat John Roades in the Tuesday runoff election.

Roades received 36 percent of votes.

"I have some of the greatest friends and neighbors," said Kurtz. "And to know they believe in me to serve as their district attorney is the most humbling compliment I could ever receive."

Kurtz will not have a Democratic opponent in the November general election.

Incumbent Josh McCown is retiring at the end of the year.

Kurtz, a 38-year-old El Campo resident, said his first course of action when he takes office Jan. 1 will be to continue to prosecute those who prey upon the citizens of Wharton County, as he has done for the last six years.

Kurtz said in an earlier interview, that he was best suited for the position because he served as the lead prosecutor in more than 60 trials.

He has also supervised the intake and prosecution of more than 3,000 felony cases.

"I have secured more convictions than any other assistant district attorney in Wharton County history," he said.

The father of one has a list of people to thank. "I would like to thank my supporters, law enforcement for backing me and everyone who voted for me," Kurtz said. "Most importantly, I would like to thank my wife, Jackie Kurtz, who has handled the stress of this campaign with grace, just as she handles everything else."

Roades, 61, has 36 years experience, Roades served as the district attorney in Matagorda and Wharton counties, county attorney in Wharton, managed two public prosecutor's offices and a private practice law office.



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