Letters: Primary campaigns

02/19/2014 6:21 PM

02/19/2014 6:22 PM

The Editorial Board erred in endorsing Sharen Wilson for DA. Her promised “change” in the office’s focus portends intent to bring Ken Anderson’s brand of injustice here. Such prosecutorial misconduct ruins innocent lives and costs taxpayers millions to compensate those wrongfully convicted.

Wilson lacks the experience to manage an agency with a $36 million annual budget and over 300 employees. Her website and campaign literature indicates supervisory experience limited to a court coordinator.

Candidate George Mackey’s Air Force officer leadership role, lead chief felony prosecutor and years running a big law firm well equip him for administrative management duties. Wilson has spent over a quarter century in non-supervisory jobs on government payrolls.

— Hal Monk, Hurst

Fair-minded people want a District Attorney who will prosecute aggressively, but with an absolute, unwavering commitment to the rule of law. Only one candidate has the temperament, the experience and the strength of character and that person is George Mackey.

— Mary Chaisson, River Oaks

Incumbent who listens

Diane Patrick has been instrumental in balancing the state budget during the recent recession, helping reduce taxes by $1.3 billon dollars. As Vice Chair of the Higher Education Committee, she led the way in revamping the testing program in our schools.

She advocates tax relief for small business, increased government transparency and ensuring the sustainability of the Hazelwood Act for our veterans and retired teachers.

Patrick is a conservative who listens to and works for her district and provides results.

— Linda Morrow, Arlington

Candidates for JP

Justice of the Peace Sergio DeLeon is an excellent and fair judge. He has gone out of his way to bring young students into his court through the Honorary Jurors Program to observe, comment and be inspired by the process.

Judge DeLeon has several things that count in his favor: experience, commitment to public service, effectiveness and community involvement.

— Linda V. Bartles, Fort Worth

Judge Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt is the only candidate running for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, this office who has judicial training and experience.

Curnutt’s court has one of the highest volume of cases, but her cases-pending list is one of the shortest in Tarrant County. .

Your tax dollars are not wasted in this court.

— Fred Griggs, Arlington

Barbara Nash and her husband raised five children, all graduates of Lamar High School, where she was PTA president. She has been an active volunteer and role model for women in Tarrant County, serving as mentor and Court Appointed Special Advocate . She testified in child abuse cases, representing the best interest of the child. Nash’s temperament, enthusiasm and experience are what is needed for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2.

— Minah Molly Hansen,

Arlington

House District 92

Andy Cargile’s recent campaign mailer shows him to be an elitist, inferring that a higher level of formal education makes him a better candidate than Jonathan Stickland. I find that kind of below-the-belt campaigning offensive.

Why can’t candidates clearly articulate their position on the issues and leave personal attacks and innuendos out of it? My guess is that they have no meaningful position so they relegate themselves to degrading their opponent.

— Dennis B. Call, Bedford

State Rep. Stickland said what a “tough job” his first two years in the Legislature have been and how the job “took me by surprise.”

Perhaps, if he had finished high school, he would have found himself better equipped to represent the people of H-E-B.

That is why it is easy to support Andy Cargile to take his place. With his education and his maturity, Cargile has reached out, taking the time to develop connections and partnerships to effectively represent us on range of local and state issues .

— David Franklin, Bedford

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