By MARY RAINWATER
Anderson County will see its first female criminal district attorney this January, as newcomer candidate Allyson Mitchell defeated long time incumbent District Attorney Doug Lowe in the Republican Primary election on Tuesday.
Mitchell, 39, won the race by 918 votes, receiving a total of 3,458 votes (58 percent) to Lowe's 2,540 (42 percent). In early voting, Mitchell garnered 1,788 votes (59 percent) to Lowe's 1,246 votes (41 percent).
“I am absolutely overwhelmed and humbled to be nominated to represent the Republican Party on the General Election ticket in November,” Mitchell said during a gathering with her supporters in downtown Palestine. “I am so grateful and so humbled and my face hurts from grinning.
“To all those who believed in me — I couldn't do this without God first and without the people standing with me and behind me to support me,” she continued. “I will take a moment tonight and keep doing what I do and prepare for November.”
Mitchell, a Palestine native, currently serves as an assistant special prosecutor for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), as well as section chief and supervisor for the Juvenile Division of the Special Prosecution Unit for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD).
She earned her bachelor's in history from Tulane University in New Orleans before pursuing a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. In 2001, she went to work for the district attorney's office in Anderson County and has worked in Anderson County for 13 years.
Lowe, 60, a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, started working as DA in Anderson County in 1999. He was unavailable for comment as of press time.
Mitchell will run unopposed on the November general election ticket, and will not take office until Jan. 1, 2015.