Tuesday marked a historic moment for Bell County government.
Precinct 4 Commissioner-elect John Driver became the first African-American ever elected to the Bell County Commissioners Court, and he is the first Democrat elected to that body in 20 years.
Precinct 1 Constable Pat Duffield is the first woman ever elected constable in Bell County’s history. She was previously appointed to her position in August, replacing Linnie McCall. Duffield, a Republican, was unopposed.
These are two of the new faces voters elected this year.
Driver handily defeated four-term Commissioner John Fisher, 61 percent to the Republican’s 39 percent. The commissioner-elect’s takedown of Fisher marks the end of the GOP’s one-party rule of the Commissioners Court that began in 1998.