2022 Runoff Election ResultsElections 2022Local NewsSorrells Bests Krause in Race for Tarrant County District Attorney Republican Nomination

In the race between Trump-endorsed Phil Sorrells and state Rep. Matt Krause, Sorrells won with nearly 60 percent of the votes cast.
May 25, 2022
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In the Republican runoff race to replace retiring Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson, former county criminal court Judge Phil Sorrells emerged victorious over State Representative Matt Krause.

Out of nearly 70,000 votes cast in the countywide race, Sorrells garnered almost 60 percent. His lead remained basically the same from early voting totals through election day. 

“We are very grateful to the voters of Tarrant County,” Sorrells told The Texan. “I am humbled and gratified that they are trusting me to go forward.”

Sorrells believes that the hard work of his team knocking on over 20,000 doors in the county, along with his 30 years of experience at the criminal courthouse, helped him win the nomination.

As he moves toward the general election, Sorrells said his campaign will continue to work hard to win. 

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“Tarrant County has been targeted by the radical left,” Sorrells commented, but said he intends to “keep it red.”

Krause, who left his seat in the Texas House of Representatives to run for Tarrant County district attorney, expressed his disappointment but congratulated Sorrells in a Facebook post

“Certainly not the result we wanted,” Krause wrote., “But, ‘Duty is ours, results are God’s’ is not an empty slogan. Our family believes and embraces it. So, while we are certainly disappointed tonight, we look forward to what the Lord has in store for us next.”

He added that he will support Sorrells and “do what we can to make sure he and the rest of the GOP ticket cross the finish line in November. There is too much at stake not to rally together and Keep Tarrant Red!”

Sorrells complimented Krause, saying that the campaigns were cordial “98 percent of the time” and that both candidates worked hard. 

While Krause was endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Texas Right to Life, Sorrells was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, former Governor Rick Perry, and multiple other federal, state, and local officials. 

In the November general election, Sorrells will face Democratic candidate Tiffany Burks, who has worked in the Tarrant County district attorney’s office since 1999. 

Sorrells hopes to appeal to general election voters with his years of prosecutorial and judicial experience, as well as his platform. “My number one issue is to keep the community safe. If you are concerned about increasing crime in Tarrant County, I will enforce the laws.”

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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.