GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) -- Grayson County Judge Bill Magers has lost his bid for a third term as the county's highest elected official.

Challenger Bruce Dawsey, Sherman's assistant police chief, defeated Magers in Tuesday's election with 64 percent of the vote.

"We're cautiously optimistic," Dawsey told KTEN just after 10 p.m. before final results were in. "It tells me that people were ready for a change, and I just hope that we can continue the momentum, carry the victory through the night, and bring some change to the positive to Grayson County."

Dawsey has worked for the Sherman Police Department since 1998. He ran on a platform of bringing "integrity and ethics" back to Grayson County.

Magers, who previously served two terms as mayor of Sherman, was elected in 2014 and ran unopposed in 2018.

"We're going to respect the will of the voters, and we'll just wait and see how this plays out," Magers told KTEN before final results were tallied. "It was a race that we felt like we had some issues on, but the bottom line is this: The voters get it right every time."

He pleaded guilty after being arrested on a DWI charge in February 2019.