Maureen Shelton, who swept to victory in the March 2, 2010 Republican primary, for Wichita County District Attorney, will be sworn into office in January 2011.
Normally, as the Republican nominee, she would have to run against the Democratic nominee in the November 2010 general election.
Since there were no Democrats entered in the field this year, she will become the first female sworn in as district attorney in January.
What most political experts in Wichita County thought might be a run-off in the three-person field, turned out to be a one-sided victory with opponents Mark Barber and Larry Lewis failing to garner enough support to force another election.
A candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to win outright.
Shelton’s margin of victory was impressive with 57% of the voters casting their votes for the winner. That margin was significant in that it meant Shelton would avoid a run off.
“We thought we would be in a run-off, but the numbers are better than we expected,” the newly-elected district attorney said.
Supporters of Shelton were ecstatic at the watch party as the eary returns showed she had an overwhelming lead at 60%. Barber had 22 percent and Lewis 19 percent in the early going.
An increased sense of optimism enveloped the campaign headquarters at the Hawthorne Suites as the early lead held up to the very end.
A large cheer erupted as the election was called for Maureen Shelton on the local television news stations.
The final count was 7, 293 votes for Shelton while Barber finished with 2,756 votes and Lewis collected 2,700, according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times and Record News newspaper.
Shelton, 44, moved with her family to Burkburnett, Texas, in 1979. She was hired as a prosecutor in 1994 by current District Attorney Barry Macha. She graduated from Burkburnett High School, Midwestern State University and earned her law degree at Oklahoma City University.
She is married to successful civil attorney Steve Shelton. There are three children including Katie, Travis and Olivia.
Sheriff David Duke endorsed Shelton, saying, “Maureen is exactly the right person for District Attorney with the experience that counts.”
Wichita Falls Police Officer’s Association president said, “Maureen’s record of aggressive prosecution and the relationships she has fostered over the years by her hands-on approach sets her apart from all other candidates.”
Shelton had stressed during the campaign she had experience in all areas of the district attorney’s office including civil, juvenile and criminal.