The open four-year term of County Attorney was disputed between Julissa Martinez and Ann Montgomery, both Republican candidates, to replace current District Attorney Patrick Wilson, who announced last year he would not seek re-election.
According to unofficial results, Ann Montgomery won, filling the position as the new Ellis County attorney. She won 62.23 percent of the vote in Ellis County, with a total of 7,651 votes.
In a candidate forum at the Midlothian Conference Center on Feb. 6, Montgomery shared that she has 17 years of experience in the district attorney's office, including the last two years as first assistant district attorney.
“When the current elected County and District Attorney announced last February that he would not be seek re-election, I felt called to continue my service by stepping up to lead full-time," Montgomery said. "The key issue of this election, as with any county government office, is the ability to handle all of the duties of the office with the limited resources available. I have the experience necessary to oversee all aspects of the office, and the institutional knowledge to know what has been tried before.”
As the new Ellis County attorney, Montgomery will be primarily responsible for felony prosecution, misdemeanor prosecution and domestic battery prosecution. The office is also responsible for providing: protective orders, mental health commitments, victim assistance, legal advice, counsel for county officials and the commissioner's court and representation for the Texas Department6 of Family and Protective Services.