HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — After expressing strong confidence in her faithful and new supporters, Devon Anderson conceded to Kim Ogg for the Harris County district attorney election.
"I think people have so many strong feelings this year," incumbent district attorney Devon Anderson said. "I think there's so much anger. There's so much fear it's driving people to the polls clearly."
Anderson ran for re-election Tuesday night against challenger Kim Ogg, a rematch from the 2012 district attorney race. Ogg is the former Executive Director of Crime Stoppers and has served as Houston's first Anti-Gang Task Force Director. And with 28 year's experience as an attorney, she has been elected as the county's district attorney elect.
NewsFix caught up with Anderson at Briargrove Elementary before the polls closed. Anderson said she felt campaign was going well based on reactions from early voters.
"This time I've had three years in the office, and I've done good work and I want to stay," Anderson said. "I've got a lot of things I want to continue doing, and expanding and a lot of new ideas."
Anderson said over the past few years she had been following in the footsteps of her late husband and former Harris County district attorney, Mike Anderson.
"Last time, I was taking over for Mike, and that was an honor," Anderson said. "I did a lot of things that he was interested in doing, but now I have my own programs, my own initiatives, and I'm hoping the voters agree that I need to stay for another three or four years."
She said she hopes her administration wasn't defined by one case. Anderson has been a prosecutor for nearly 12 years, and under her administration, the Harris County District Attorney's Office has filed close to 5,000 cases, she said.
In each case, Anderson said she has been an advocate for victims.
"That was my driving motivation to help crime victims," Anderson said. "I think people know my heart, and I think people know that I will not play politics with this job."
While hundreds came out in support of Anderson, the district attorney lost by a close to 10 percent margin.