2022 Primary Election RESULTSElections 2022Local NewsRepublican Tarrant County District Attorney Candidates Sorrells, Krause Head to Runoff

Republican candidates Phil Sorrells and Matt Krause will face one another on May 24 to see who will be the nominee for Tarrant County district attorney.
March 2, 2022
Tarrant County District Attorney Republican candidates Matt Krause and Phil Sorrells are headed to a runoff. One will face Democrat Tiffany Burks in November to decide who becomes the next criminal district attorney for the third-most populous county in the state.

Sorrells has been a county judge for 25 years and was a prosecutor for five years before that while Krause has served as the state representative for House District 93 for 10 years.

Sorrells took just over 40 percent of the votes cast in the primary while Krause garnered about 31 percent. The third candidate in the race, former judge Mollee Westfall, was close with 28 percent and led Krause in early voting totals.

During his campaign, Sorrells tried to distinguish himself from Krause by emphasizing his experience working in the criminal justice system. Sorrells was endorsed by former president Donald Trump, former governor Rick Perry, and several sitting congressional representatives.

Krause, who has been endorsed by groups like Texas Right to Life as well as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), pointed to his work to defend conservative and pro-family values in the legislature. He asserts that his policymaking experience makes him qualified to be district attorney because it is a policymaking and administrative position more than a prosecutorial position.

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The most recent campaign finance reports filed last week showed Sorrells with about $89,000 Krause with about $37,000 cash on hand.

Current district attorney Sharen Wilson is retiring from the office she has held since 2015. According to its website, the district attorney is responsible for enhancing “public safety through rigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in an ethical, honest and just manner; encoura[ing] rehabilitation for deserving offenders; earn[ing] the public’s trust by setting an example of transparency in our dealings; and assist[ing] and educat[ing] victims of crimes and other members of the public.”

Burks, the Democrat candidate, has served in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office since 1999. She was promoted to deputy chief over the criminal division in 2015. 

The runoff will be held on May 24.


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Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is a regional 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.