PUBLISHED: 17:48 EST, 18 May 2012 | UPDATED: 17:48 EST, 18 May 2012
In the heated race for commissioner of Tarrant County’s Precinct 1 in Texas, one thing is certain: Roy Brooks will claim victory.
The question is, which one?
Will it be Roy Charles Brooks, the incumbent with 20 years of experience working in county government? Or will it be Roy LaVerne Brooks, a grandmother and community activist?
‘People may have momentary confusion about [our names], but people know me and know my record of service to this community,’ Roy Charles Brooks told ABC News.
Tarrant County is an urban area in north central Texas encompassing the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, and is home to some 1.8million residents.
Both candidates’ middle names will be printed on the ballot so that voters could distinguish between them. Under Texas law, they were allowed a short slogan to be printed under their name on the ballot, according to Steve Raborn, Tarrant county elections administrator.
Mr Brooks chose, ‘Twenty years precinct one.’
True colors: Incumbent Roy Charles Brooks selected black and yellow as the colors for his campaign materials to distinguish himself from his namesake
His namesake decided against using a slogan, letting her name stand on its own after her two early choices, ‘Your girl downtown’ and ‘Advocate for the people,’ were rejected.
The two Democratic opponents are making sure that their campaign materials visually stand apart ahead of the May 29 vote.
Stand out: Roy LaVerne Brooks chose blue and white for her signs, which she described as more traditionally Democratic colors
The incumbent’s black and yellow signs carry his slogan, ‘experience counts,’ while Roy LaVerne Brooks (named after her father) has blue and white signs, which she describes as ‘more of the Democratic style.’
Both Roy Brookses have known each other for a long time through their community work, and they said they had a feeling that one day, they will face off in the political arena.
Platform: Mrs Brooks said if elected, she would focus on fighting crime and supporting funding for education in the community that has seen sharp cuts
During the debates, the candidates remained cordial, although Roy LaVerne Brooks said she was not afraid to call her opponent out on issues that mattered to the community, which she said is 60 per cent female and has seen education budgets slashed.
‘He’s not a dreamer. He’s not a thinker,’ Mrs Brooks said. ‘In the 21st century, you have to be a dreamer, a thinker, creative. You have to be able to get dirty down here with the people you are going to serve.’
Brooks said if elected, she would focus on fighting crime and supporting funding for education.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, Roy Charles Brooks said he and his opponent would both continue their work.