Reporting Jack Fink
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - There is a one-of-a-kind political race happening in Tarrant County. Two candidates are vying for the County Commissioner’s Precinct 1 seat. Both are focusing on the issues. The campaign signs are different. But the biggest issue here might turn out to be the names of the two candidates — which are virtually the same.
The political race pits Roy Brooks versus Roy Brooks.
Roy Laverne Brooks, who was named after her dad, is trying to unseat Roy Charles Brooks, who is seeking his third four-year term. Roy L. does not see what the fuss is all about. “For me, it has really been a surprise,” she said. “My supporters know who I am.”
The incumbent feels the same way. “The people of Precinct 1 know me,” he said. “They know my record. They know where I stood in the issues.”
But because their first AND last names are the both same, the state ruled that middle names must also appear on the ballot. “I have never faced a situation like this before,” Roy C. said, “and I’m not sure anyone else in America has either.”
Roy C. and Roy L. are downplaying the buzz about the names. Instead, they are trying to keep focus on the issues in the district. “I want to talk about how to continue to provide health care to the people of Precinct 1 who desperately need it,” said Roy C.
“When crime increases, you have a community that starts to go down,” said Roy L. “It also affects the households.”
Needless to say, the two Roys are not worried about voter confusion. “Any publicity is good,” said Roy L. “By now, they definitely know who we are.”
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