By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

Republican prosecutor Rebecca Depew is Bell County's newest county court judge, after winning Tuesday's election by a wide margin.

Depew, a veteran of the Bell County District Attorney's Office, will begin her term as judge for County-Court-At-Law 3 on Jan. 1.

Depew garnered more than twice the votes of her Democratic opponent, Belton attorney Tyffany Howard, winning 30,631 votes or 67.41 percent to Howard's 14,811 votes or 32.59 percent with all but one precinct reporting in Tuesday's unofficial returns.

"I am obviously so grateful and humbled by all the voters who voted for me and helped make my dream a reality," Depew said Tuesday night when reached at the Bell County Expo Center.

Depew is an 18-year resident of Bell County. She currently lives in Holland with her husband, Eric, daughter, Megan, and son, Ryan, who Depew said was her unofficial campaign manager.

When she takes office, Depew will replace Judge Gerald Brown, who has presided over County-Court-At-Law 3 since 1999. Brown did not seek re-election.

"He has done such a fabulous job. I know I have really big shoes to fill," Depew said.

Depew also thanked her opponent, Howard, for running a "gracious" campaign.

County court judges are charged with overseeing juvenile court, small claims and hearings for misdemeanor offenses.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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