Brad Schneider wins the Henderson County judge/executive race on Tuesday night, becoming the first ever Republican to be elected to the seat.

Schneider defeated Tina McCormick after receive 62% of the votes. Schneider says he is honored to be part of this historic moment.

“This is my first run for office,” said Schneider, “so I didn’t even know what to do with myself. I didn’t know how the results would go. I had an inkling had a lot of good feedback, but you don’t know until the vote gets counted. In the early part of the evening, it looked like we were in good shape. And it ended up that way, and I’m very thankful. It’s taken a long time to get to this point. I’m glad we got to the finish line.”

McCormick says she called to congratulate Schneider. She is the widow of former Henderson County Judge/Executive Hugh McCormick, who passed away back in February due to complications from having a tumor removed from his lung.

“We still had the best interest for Henderson County,” said McCormick, “so it showed in the voting what people want to choose. And I accept that I’ve still got a big job to do across the state, so I’m thankful for the opportunity to let people know what I’m about and what I can do to help.”