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Democrats keep Wolper in charge

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By Bj Lewis / Staff Writer

Denton County Democrats will continue to be led by Phyllis Wolper.

The incumbent party chairwoman fended off challenger John McClelland, taking more than 55 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary election.

“I feel like I had a worthy opponent,” Wolper said. “I always feel competition is good — it helps us strive to be better.

“I know it will result in the party being stronger. We have some very talented people who have come into the party because of this [race] and become very active, and I look at this all as being very positive.”

McClelland, who wasn’t available for comment Tuesday, had said he would continue to be politically active in the county regardless of the election result.

“McClelland and I have spoken throughout this process, and both only wish the best for the party and promised each other we would stay involved and engaged going forward,” she said.

McClelland sought political office in 2008 as the party’s nominee as state representative for District 64.

Wolper, who took over the party when Neil Durrance resigned from the position for a 2010 congressional bid, can now focus on helping the party rebound in Denton County. When asked about her pre-election goals of continuing the party’s gradual improvements in fundraising, outreach and get-out-the-vote efforts, Wolper said, “that’s still all quite true.”

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875. His e-mail address is .