Elections 2022IssuesLocal NewsNueces County Voters Oust Democratic County Judge Barbara Canales, Electing Republican Connie Scott

Connie Scott is a former Republican member of the Texas House who served one term before losing to Democrat Rep. Abel Herrero.
November 9, 2022
Connie Scott, a former Republican state representative, is the next county judge of Nueces County after voters ousted incumbent Democrat Barbara Canales on Election Day.

Scott received 56 percent of the vote compared to the incumbent’s 44 percent, according to Nueces County election results. Her margin of victory was wider than Gov. Greg Abbott’s and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s, who each won the county with 53 percent of the vote.

Scott had also received the endorsement of former President Trump at his Robstown rally in October.

In a social media post, Scott thanked her supporters.

“Today, I send my sincere thanks to all the voters of Nueces County for your vote and your faith in me.

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My heart is filled with gratitude to many faithful family, friends, neighbors and colleagues who stood with me throughout this race!” she wrote. “My blessings are many and I humbly thank God for the opportunity to serve again in our county.”

Previously, Scott was a member of the state House for one term during the 82nd Texas Legislature. She lost her seat in the 2012 general election to Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Robstown).

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that Canales conceded the race and also extended her gratitude to those who backed her campaign. She said she is “proud of all the achievements that we’ve done” during her tenure and is “always going to love this community,” per the Caller-Times.

Voters in the county first elected Canales in 2018, when she defeated Republican Mike Pusley, a Corpus Christi council member who reportedly called Canales the “Wicked Witch of the West” after her loss on Tuesday.

Nueces County is rated R-51% on The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index. The Nueces County seat is Corpus Christi.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."