Early voting has started in Tarrant County. Among the positions voters are set to fill — Tarrant County’s district attorney. Republican Phil Sorrells and Democrat Tiffany Burks are on the ballot, and each candidate has collected endorsements from across the county, state, and in some cases, nationally. The Fort Worth Report gathered a list of endorsements for each candidate, along with any statement released by the endorser. This list may not represent all endorsements that have been given.

Tiffany Burks individual endorsements

  • Louis Sturns, former Republican district judge. 
    • What Sturns said: “I have had the privilege to watch Tiffany Burks over her career during trials and in her interaction with her peers and people from all walks of life.  She is hardworking and a person regarded as a mentor and leader in the courthouse. She is tough on crime, but fair. That is why she is so well respected. Any representation made of her other than that is an absurdity. The District Attorney’s Office needs respected leadership at the helm. Tiffany is the candidate that can and will right the ship. She has my full endorsement and my vote.”
  • Roy Brooks, Precinct 1 Tarrant County commissioner
  • An Truong, Haltom City mayor
  • Junior Ezeonu, Grand Prairie city council member at-large
  • Mike Heiskell, criminal defense attorney.
    • What Heiskell said: “I have known Tiffany Burks since she began her career as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Tarrant County. Her integrity is beyond reproach and her skills and abilities are top notch. In addition, I personally know that Tiffany is dedicated to the Democratic Party and its principles as having voted for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Beto O’Rourke in the past and having supported other Democratic candidates as well. As an African American woman, Tiffany is attuned to the challenges people of color face in seeking justice through our criminal legal system. She has voiced her concerns regarding the same during her tenure with the DA’s office, including as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. Tiffany Burks is dedicated to working towards eliminating bias in all respects when she becomes our elected District Attorney, and that is why I am voting for her.”
  • Pastor Kyev Tatum, Ministers for Justice Coalition of Texas
  • Kevin Rousseau, criminal defense attorney, former deputy chief, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office
    • “I served as a prosecutor in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office for 27 years. During that time, I worked very closely with Tiffany Burks for several years in the Gang Unit where we tried a number of cases together. In later years we were both Deputy Chiefs of the Criminal Division with similar responsibilities. I know her as a colleague and as a friend. I can say, without reservation, that of all the candidates seeking the post of District Attorney, regardless of party, Tiffany is far and away the most qualified.”

Phil Sorrells individual endorsements

  • Donald Trump, former U.S. president
    • What Trump said: “Phil Sorrells is an experienced prosecutor and criminal court judge who will support law enforcement, fight to put dangerous criminals behind bars, and ensure honest elections. He knows public safety is government’s first responsibility. That’s why he has my complete and total endorsement for Tarrant County District Attorney.”
  • Rick Perry, former Texas governor
    • What Perry said: “Texas District Attorneys are critical to the safety and security of every community. As an experienced prosecutor and judge, Phil Sorrells has the background, qualifications, and experience Tarrant County needs in a new District Attorney. You can count on him to ensure justice is done in every case. He has my endorsement and I highly recommend him to the voters of Tarrant County.”
  • Mike Moncrief, former Fort Worth mayor 
  • Bill Waybourn, Tarrant County sheriff
  • Sharen Wilson, Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County
  • Former HUD Secretary Ben Carson
    • “It is so critical that we know who we are supporting, who we are voting for, I am absolutely thrilled to be supporting Phil Sorrells because he’s had five years of experience as a prosecutor and 25 years as a judge. He has had a chance to see the results of good and bad decisions.”
  • Former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm
  • Congressman Jodey Arrington
  • Congressman Michael Burgess
  • Congressman Jake Ellzey
  • Congresswoman Kay Granger
  • Congressman Ronny Jackson
  • Former Congressman Michael Conaway
  • Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller
  • State Sen. Kelly Hancock
  • State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione
  • State Rep. David Cook
  • State Rep. Craig Goldman
  • State Rep. Phil King
  • State Rep. Stephanie Klick
  • State Rep. Matt Krause
  • North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino
  • Former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene
  • Former Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams
  • Gary Fickes, Tarrant County Commissioner Pct. 3
  • Ryan Patrick, Former U.S. Attorney
  • Mary Louise Nicholson, Tarrant County clerk
  • Tom Wilder, Tarrant County district clerk

Tiffany Burks organization endorsements

  • Tarrant County Young Democrats
  • Texas Rising Action
  • Mothers Against Greg Abbot PAC
  • Tarrant County Democratic Woman’s Club
  • Tarrant County Black Democrats
  • The Texas Coalition of Black Democrats
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Dallas
  • Cofer Luster Law Firm

Phil Sorrells organization endorsements

  • Arlington Municipal Patrolman’s Association
  • Coalition of Police & Sheriffs, Local 911 (C.O.P.S.)
  • DFW Conservative Voters, “The Green Card”
  • Dallas Police Association
  • Fort Worth Police Officers Association
  • Moms for Liberty
  • Project Excellence Texas, PAC
  • Ronald Reagan Conservative Club of Texas
  • Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association
  • Texas Conservatives Unite PAC (Tarrant County Candidate Fair)
  • True Texas Project

For more information about the candidates and the role of district attorney, read the Fort Worth Report’s previous coverage here

Editors note: this story has been updated with a full list of endorsements for both candidates.

At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.Emily Wolf is a government accountability reporter for the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at emily.wolf@fortworthreport.org or via Twitter.

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Emily Wolf is a local government accountability reporter for the Fort Worth Report. She grew up in Round Rock, Texas, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in investigative...