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Houston Area County Elects First Black Woman Sheriff

oters in a southeast Texas county elected a black, Democratic woman as sheriff while choosing Republican Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, an unusual result in a year of partisan acrimony.
   Some voters in Jefferson County near Houston ended up crossing party lines to cast their ballots Tuesday for who they thought was the best candidate in each of the races.
   Zena Stephens, the sheriff-elect, says it's likely she got votes from both Republicans and Democrats who voted for Trump. When she takes office next year, she will be one of only two African-American women in sheriff positions in the United States.
   D'Ann Riggs, a GOP voter who supported both Stephens and Trump, says Stephens got her support because she was the best person for the job.
   AP-WF-11-12-16 1512GMT

Voters in a southeast Texas county elected a black, Democratic woman as sheriff while choosing Republican Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, an unusual result in a year of partisan acrimony.   

Some voters in Jefferson County near Houston ended up crossing party lines to cast their ballots Tuesday for who they thought was the best candidate in each of the races.   

Zena Stephens, the sheriff-elect, says it's likely she got votes from both Republicans and Democrats who voted for Trump. When she takes office next year, she will be one of only two African-American women in sheriff positions in the United States.   

D'Ann Riggs, a GOP voter who supported both Stephens and Trump, says Stephens got her support because she was the best person for the job.  

Dallas county re-elected Sheriff Lupe Valdez to her fourth term. She is one of a few Hispanic women sheriffs in the country.

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