Local attorney Lisa Pence won the Republican nomination for Erath County attorney by a fairly comfortable margin Tuesday in the Texas Republican primary.

Early voting returns showed Pence leading her opponent, J. Mac Rust, by nearly 11 percentage points. By the final tally, Pence led the race with 1,516 votes, while Rust garnered a respectable 1,224.

Surrounded by supporters at her law office, Pence celebrated her win.

“I’m excited,” Pence said. “This is a giant relief. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me so far. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Raised in Granbury, Pence earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Texas A&M University and her law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio. After graduation, in 1995, Pence moved to Stephenville where she worked for the next six years with the law firm of Coan & Elliott. In 2001, she opened her own practice.

Her community involvement over the past 12 years has included volunteering with the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Clinic at Cross Timbers Family Services, serving as the Board of Directors President for STAR Council on Substance Abuse and past service on the board of directors for Erath Excels! Academy. Pence is currently the president of Zonta Club of Stephenville and a member and past president of Cross Timbers Business and Professional Women’s Club. She served as president on the Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Fun Fair committee and volunteers at Meals on Wheels.

Pence will now face Democrat Gale Warren in the general election.

Following election results, Rust said his first campaign experience was fun and he wishes Pence the best of luck.

“I will throw my support behind Lisa,” Rust said. “I want her to be the next county attorney.”