Current county judge, Republican Glen Whitley, has served since 2007.
In a large county like Tarrant, the county judge presides over the commissioners court and has many administrative functions. During the pandemic, county judges like Whitley issued emergency orders like mask mandates and business closures.
“I will never issue mask mandates, close businesses, close churches, or declare one business as essential over another,” O’Hare declared in an interview with The Texan. “I will also make election integrity a key point of my administration.”
O’Hare has already accumulated many endorsements from local leaders, including Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn and several local representatives in the state legislature.
“As your next county judge, I will work tirelessly to ensure your county government is fair, transparent, and accountable,” O’Hare said. “With well over two decades of business management and leadership experience, I know what it takes to run an operation that is efficient, successful, and fiscally responsible. I won’t back down in tough situations, will promote conservative principles, and will always put our Tarrant County taxpayers first.”
The county government’s purview includes the district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s office, the hospital district, the elections office, the public health department, and more.
O’Hare previously served in the city of Farmers Branch in Dallas County as a city council member for three years and then as mayor from 2008 until 2011. While serving Farmers Branch, O’Hare helped maintain a balanced budget and reduced spending.
“With me, it will always be a priority to look for ways to reduce spending while providing good service,” O’Hare said. “I will never vote to increase the tax rate and will look for every way to lower county spending in the budget.”
When it comes to transportation in Tarrant County, O’Hare is not a proponent of mass transit. He believes that the cost of mass transit compared to the benefit is out of balance.
Instead, he plans to work with federal and state officials to funnel money into Tarrant County for roads and other infrastructure projects that are needed.
He also said that the county should be strategic about its growth and what kinds of new businesses it works to attract.
One of his recent endeavors was to found the Southlake Families PAC, a group that has fought against the controversial Cultural Competence Action Plan in Carroll Independent School District and helped elect two new school board members, Cam Bryan and Hannah Smith, in May.
A graduate of the University of Texas and SMU Dedman School of Law, O’Hare has a law firm with offices in Carrollton and Dallas that specializes in personal injury cases. He has been recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” for eight consecutive years.
During his term as the Tarrant County Republican Chair in 2016 and 2017, Republicans saw a countywide ballot sweep in the November 2016 election. He also focused efforts on combating voter fraud after allegations arose in the county, an issue he plans to continue if he is elected as county judge. He is the current treasurer for the Republican Party of Texas.
“What will influence how I vote? First, honoring God. Second, what is fiscally responsible. Third, what is morally responsible. Fourth, what is fair and reasonable,” O’Hare indicated.
O’Hare is married and has four daughters. He is an active member of First Baptist Church in Grapevine.
The primary election will be held in March 2022.
Disclaimer: Former state senator and The Texan’s founder and CEO Konni Burton has endorsed O’Hare. The Texan does not endorse candidates.
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Kim Roberts is a reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.