Following Houston’s record voter turnout in November, Texas is still managing to make history from the 2020 election.
Fort Bend made strides in the election, by not only electing its first female African American county attorney, but also electing Eric Fagan—the county’s first African American sheriff in over a century.
Fagan won a close race against Precinct 4 Constable Trevor Nehls, drawing 53 percent of the votes. Fagan served as a Houston police officer for over 30 years and has a masters degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology.
The sheriff’s election in Fort Bend County made history, as the county hadn’t had a Black sheriff since the 1800s. Walter Moses Burton, was the first Black sheriff in Fort Bend, and was the first Black sheriff in the United States at the time, according to KHOU.
Burton was hired to be the Fort Bend County sheriff four years after the Civil War, and due to the continued racial unrest of the time, Burton had to hire a white deputy to handle all arrests of white suspects, as reported by Zach Despart at the Houston Chronicle.
The ceremony was held at the Fort Bend Church, and a number of elected officials were in attendance at Fagan’s swearing in ceremony, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Descendants of Walter Moses Burton also attended the event.
While Fagan winning the election is notable, it only goes to show that there is plenty of work to be done.
Fagan plans to hit the ground running in his new position, and wants to target crimes like domestic violence and mental illness.
Source : chron.com