Rusk County district attorney defeats challenger
By Angela Ward firstname.lastname@example.org
May 29, 2012 at 11 p.m.
HENDERSON - Rusk County Republicans returned District Attorney Micheal Jimerson to office during Tuesday's primary.
There is no Democratic candidate for the office, so barring a write-in or third party candidate, Jimerson will face no opposition in the general election.
Jimerson won the race with 3,419 votes - or 57 percent - to Allison Bigg's 2,508 votes - or 42 percent.
The political opponents had much in common: both are Rusk natives and graduates of Henderson High School.
Jimerson, 43, is a graduate of Lamar University and Baylor School of Law and was first elected in 2005.
"I'm very grateful to the people I serve that they chose to return me to office," Jimerson said Tuesday night. "I deeply appreciate their trust and confidence."
During the campaign, Jimerson said he was proud of his record and the recognition the office has received during his tenure.
"I've tried two really huge cases, the Kentucky Fried Chicken murder case and the Amora Carson murder case and gotten convictions in both," Jimerson said. "While they were each important, I'm personally proudest of getting justice for little Amora."
The Kentucky Fried Chicken case was the culmination of a robbery and murder investigation that originated in 1983.
The Amora Carson case was one in which a toddler had been beaten to death by her mother and the mother's boyfriend, who claimed they had been trying to perform an exorcism on the child.
This was the first time Jimerson faced a challenger as an incumbent.
Biggs, a graduate of SMU, is a former Rusk County assistant attorney in private practice in Henderson.
"I'm proud of the race I ran and want to thank all my family and friends for their support," Biggs said Tuesday night.