New County Judge elected for first time in Brown County since 1992

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BROWN COUNTY, Texas -- A new County Judge will be elected in Brown County for the first time since George HW Bush was president.

Paul Lilly, an associate professor at Howard Payne University, defeated County Judge Ray West in Tuesday's GOP primary. The vote was 54 percent for Lilly to 46 percent for West.

Lilly does not have a Democratic challenger in November.

West was first elected in 1992.

"People had run against Judge West for a better part of a quarter century, 25 plus years and no one was able to defeat him," Lilly said Tuesday at the Brown County Elections Office. "I'm just thankful that so many people came out and helped."

West's re-election came at a time when several allegations surfaced, including a 2013 corruption investigation where the Texas Attorney General's Office chose not to prosecute.

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