Texas is number 38 in the nation in per capita spending on students in public schools and almost $3000 per capita below the norm. The school finance ruling by the Texas Supreme Court on May 13th shows how much the all-Republican court cares about the future of our children and the State of Texas. The court decided that the school finance system is flawed but constitutional, reversing a lower court judge’s decision that had sided with the more than 600 Texas school districts who sued saying that state lawmakers’ $5.4 billion in classroom cuts in 2011 were unconstitutional and unfairly distributed among the wealthy and poor districts.
This statement by Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie pretty much says it all, "As a result of today’s Supreme Court ruling, 5.2 million Texas school children will be left further behind, unless the Legislature is willing to take it upon itself to act." Good luck with that.
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Judy B. Beeman
▪ Dear Editor:
It is an honor to serve as your judge. I want you to know that I was vetted based on temperament, education, and experience, and was found to be the best candidate to serve as your judge of County Court at Law No. 2. I have served our community. And I have experience, not only as your current judge, but as a prosecutor, municipal court judge for the City of Aledo, in private practice, and as a staff attorney for the Second Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from courts just like the one over which I now preside. I appreciate your confidence in me and the support of party and community leaders, my former opponent, and citizens all over Parker County. If you have any questions about me or the court, please give me a call at 817-313-3415. It is my honor and privilege to serve you. I humbly ask you to join our community in voting for me, Judge Curtis Jenkins, so that I may continue serving you. Early voting started on Monday, May 16 and continues through Friday, May 20. Election Day is May 24th. Thank you for your support.
County Court at Law No. 2
▪ Dear Editor:
I was raised by an old minister who said, “If the truth offends you, the problem is not with the truth.” In the race for the County Court at Law No. 2 position, one candidate was appointed by a small group of political insiders as a reward for his loyal and obedient service to the insiders. Whether spearheading the Dewhurst campaign against Ted Cruz or manning the phones when that same small group of insiders tried to defeat an incumbent Republican County Commissioner, Curtis Jenkins worked hard for the insiders.
Not every doctor is qualified to be a surgeon and not every lawyer is qualified to be a Judge. A search of the Court records of Parker County during the candidate’s brief stint as a private attorney, ten years ago, shows he had only one potentially contested civil case. On that candidate’s application for the Judge job, he does not claim to have ever tried a contested civil case and claims to have tried only ten criminal cases in 23 years of practice. Lynn Marie Johnson has been involved in hundreds of contested civil and criminal cases. It is not rude or impolite to point out differences in qualifications between the candidates because the voters of Parker County are hiring a Judge and Parker County should be entitled to the most qualified Judge available to them.
Make no mistake about it, the courtroom is the operating room of the legal profession. A patient who faces life threatening open heart surgery, would want the surgeon to have been in the operating room hundreds of times rather than a few times. That would be true even if the surgeon was a sweet, loyal, obedient political insider.
It is disappointing that certain elected officials and political insiders have been reduced to name calling. In the Good Book, it is said that a person will be known by their works. That is especially true in this election. The name calling is a symptom of the problem of having political insiders decide who the candidates should be based on the candidate’s ability to take orders from the insiders rather than the qualifications of the candidates. When the insiders select an unqualified candidate, their only recourse is to resort to ugly name calling.
▪ Dear Editor:
Virtually every endorsement by a lawyer or an elected official for one candidate over another is motivated by something other than qualifications of the candidates. It is probably not well known but the County Court at Law No. 2 Judge has a quarter of a million dollars in his budget to be paid to lawyers who he appoints to cases in his Court. That quarter of a million dollars is taxpayer money to be doled out to the lawyers of the Judge’s choice. When the Judge calls these very same lawyers and asks for political donations, it is unsavory and awkward. When this same Judge calls these lawyers and asks for their endorsement, these lawyers are put into an impossible position. In addition to appearing before that Judge regularly and in addition to receiving taxpayer dollars from that Judge, it is simply awkward for a lawyer to tell a sitting Judge that they cannot or will not endorse him.
The Judge in the County Court at Law No. 2 has personally called virtually every lawyer in town and asked for a donation to his campaign demanding that they “max out” at $1,000.00 each. One of his supporters, a well known political insider, has called virtually every lawyer, every elected official and many business owners and demanded an endorsement. Any endorsements for Curtis Jenkins should be viewed through the prism of reality. When a Judge or his representative asks for money or endorsements, it is difficult to decline.
▪ Dear Editor:
I worked with Lynn Johnson for years when she was Justice of the Peace in Precinct Four. She was always very careful to base all of her decisions in the parameters of the laws and statutes governing her court, as indicated by evidence and testimony presented.
Judge Johnson is very involved with the youth in our community and is dedicated to Parker County. I think she would represent the people of our county with honor and integrity as Judge in County Court at Law#2.
Constable Pct4 Parker Co (retired)
▪ Dear Editor:
The Republican Primary is a family discussion to determine which candidates are the best to represent our party in the General Election, and the May 24th Runoff completes that process. In spite of the national candidates’ failure to maintain a civil discourse, the tone and content should be based on respect and honesty. Generally, I support my personal candidates of choice in the background without a public statement on the race even though there is no restriction on my endorsing candidates. In fact, many campaigns solicit County Chairs’ endorsements. The exception happens when a candidate does something that is completely foreign to our values. The Republican Platform stands on personal accountability. Our judicial system stands on integrity, the simple act of telling the truth. Without truth and personal accountability, we have additional breakdown in our society and chaos in our courts. The misrepresentation of the qualifications of our sitting Republican Judge Curtis Jenkins is one of those acts that has no place in the local elections. Parker County does not need a person elected to the judiciary that doesn’t understand truth on both sides of the bench and would condone such a mailer with blatant untruths to you, the Republican voters. My position is to hold the Republican candidates accountable to you!
As you move forward in this election, please remember that we need to elect the best candidates based on temperament, education, experience, community and political involvement based on their record, not a candidate’s misrepresentation for political purposes. We need to hold candidates that think that politics doesn’t require the truth accountable. As for me, I will continue to provide you, the voters, with information about the process and our candidates. The First Amendment right to Free Speech belongs to each of us. The responsibility to be informed voters belongs to each of us. Our community and our country are worth the investment. Thank you for participating in the dialogue and voting in the Primary Runoff! May God continue to bless you and yours, our country and all who serve her!
Parker County Republican Chair
▪ Dear Editor:
The time is fast approaching to VOTE for a new TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR, since our current Tax Assessor, Marjorie King decided to retire and spend some time with her family. Just the title for the office is misleading because in Parker County, the Tax Assessor/Collector is over Auto Registration, NOT property taxes. Property falls under the Parker County Appraisal District, and none of the officials there are voted into office by you, the taxpayer.
So I did my research on the two candidates, even though they cannot help me with my property taxes, Auto Registration is an important office where the laws and statutes are changing every day, and qualifications and experience matter.
*Candidate One – Susan Scott
Mrs. Scott has achieved all the required certifications and is a CTOP, Certified Tax Office Professional, and is continuing her education as she cares about being well versed in the very latest dealing with Auto Registration, Vehicle Inventory Tax, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission. She has been on the job as Marjorie King’s Chief Deputy for almost eight years and has every day on the job practical experience, not to mention, learning from one of the best Parker County has ever had as a Tax Assessor. Mrs. Scott has lived in Parker County for twenty years. Her husband of 41 years, Leo Scott, has been a volunteer fire fighter for sixteen years in Peaster, ten of those years as the Chief of PVFD. Her son, Shawn, was the Fire Marshal for nine years in Parker County, and her daughter graduated from Peaster High and was a small business owner. Their family is heavily invested in Parker County. Mrs. Scott claims honesty with experience, and proven performance, not promises.
*Candidate Two – Jenny Gentry
Mrs. Gentry says she’s knowledgeable and professional, but at what? She has worked in another career path for almost eight years, in a position that she was appointed to, not earned, with no experience, training or background. And if you want to know how well she has done in that position, you should speak to many of our county employees who wish they could get paid almost $70,000 a year for having no experience. That is almost the salary of two additional patrol Sheriff Deputies, you know the ones who protect us.
Mrs. Gentry claims that she can provide faster, friendlier service in the Auto Registration office?
Well, I have conducted business in the Auto Registration office more than once in the past year, and I was very impressed with the clerks working there, and could not have asked for faster, friendlier service than what I received, so I’m not sure Mrs. Gentry’s claim is viable.
My candidate of choice is Mrs. Scott. I know millions of dollars pass through auto registration annually, and I want someone who knows what they’re doing taking care of that money. I like what I have seen there and I’ve always trusted Marjorie King, and she is endorsing Mrs. Scott. Not to mention, I prefer Proven Performance any day over empty promises.
Please get out and vote, early voting is May 16th thru 20th, and the actual Election Day is May 24th. Every vote counts, and you may be the one who makes the difference.