Matthew Hand is likely set to become the next judge for the Potter County Court at Law #2.
On Tuesday night, Matt Hand pulled in 55 percent of the vote to Wade Overstreet's 45 percent, winning the Republican primary for Potter County Court at Law #2. Hand, an attorney at Brown & Fortunato, won a plurality of the votes in the March 6th primary, but did not win 50 percent, meaning that he was forced to a runoff with Overstreet, a Potter County prosecutor. Jerry Morales, an Amarillo criminal defense attorney, did not qualify for the runoff and endorsed Overstreet.
In a statement on Tuesday night, Hand thanked his supporters and said that he is preparing to take office in 2019.
"I am looking forward to serving Potter County as the judge of Potter County Court at Law #2," Hand said. "It was a long road, and I couldn’t have made it without the help of so many friends."
This was the first time that Matthew Hand has appeared on the ballot in an Amarillo election. Hand is expected to run unopposed in November and will replace the retiring Judge Pamela Cook Sirmon.