For the first time in twenty-two years, Williamson County has elected a democrat in the commissioners court.
Newly elected Williamson county precinct one commissioner Terry Cook is the first democrat elected for the position since 1994’s election.
“What they're going to get from me is transparency. I'm going to be pushing information out to them so they won't have to scramble to get it,” said Cook.
The county as a whole is historically republican. Cook says this year's election made a lot of things unpredictable.
“We have this funky year with trump. What's that going to mean”? she said.
Campaign official for her opponent Landy Warren didn't want to go on camera, but says cook may have won because of the trump effect. Many republican voters strayed away from the candidate in precinct one this year. That could've trickled down to the commissioner race as well.
“It was our top priority for Williamson County Democratic Party,” said John Bucy, chairman of the party in Williamson County.
Commissioners’ court is the administrative body of the county which affects things from your taxes to roads and bridges.
“We think we're bringing dual voice to the county and varying opinions they have not had,” said Bucy.
The commissioners’ court has four republicans. Three of them are commissioners and the other is judge Dan Gattis. Cook is sure she will be able to work well with the commissioners regardless of parties.
“There's also a different side to every truth so I'm hoping I can bring that in and elevate the conversation so our decisions are strong decisions,” said Cook.