Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 6, 2012

Nutt wins over Burton for another term as Sheriff

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Henderson County voters gave Republican Sheriff Ray Nutt another four years in office with an overwhelming win over Democratic challenger Bill Burton.

“I’m certainly honored that the people of Henderson County saw fit to re-elect me, and I’m really looking forward to getting back to the business of running the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office,” Nutt said.

Nutt, a longtime law officer who served as a Texas Ranger and investigator for the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, first won the office in 2008. 

Nutt received 20,941 votes to 6,126 for Burton. Early voters accounted for more than half of the sheriff’s total. They went for the incumbent,  11,040 to 2,721.

Nutt defeated Democrat Bill Casey by a 63-37 percent margin to become the first Republican to win the position. The sheriff announced for re-election in June, 2011. Then, after the long primary season, he won the Republican Primary in May without opposition.

In the General Election, Burton called for a change in the office, and cited his varied career as a real estate agent, Justice of the Peace and police officer in his campaign.

Nutt said throughout the campaign that he has been progressing toward the goals he set before taking office in January, 2009.

“The political part is not exactly my cup of tea,” Nutt said. “I enjoy running the sheriff’s office, and enjoy law enforcement.”

Nutt said he wouldn’t have won a second term without the hard work of the people under his command.

“I’d like to thank all of the people in the sheriff’s office for doing the job that basically got me re-elected,” Nutt said.