Stubbs questions Mills work schedule, political activism at candidate forum
January 29, 2014, 10:00 am by James Walker
Mills was not on hand for the forum at the old Blanco courthouse and Stubbs also questioned the truthfulness of the reason he gave for missing it.
Mills sent word by an emissary that he could not attend the forum because he had a jury trial scheduled in San Saba Monday.
"He was in San Saba this morning to qualify and empanel a jury but he released them before noon and told them to be back Wednesday,” Stubbs told the packed crowd in the historic courthouse’s upstairs courtroom. "I don’t know how fast he drives but I think that would give him enough time to get here.
"I think he doesn’t want to be here and I’m really disappointed he has chosen not to be here.”
Mills did not deny Stubbs’ assertions in a one-sentence response he e-mailed the Burnet Bulletin Tuesday evening.
"Stubbs' rhetoric is as deceptive as the addresses he claims for voting residence,” he wrote.
Shortly after Stubbs announced last fall he would enter the 424th District Judge race, Mills sent a letter to supporters questioning whether Stubbs was a legal resident of the district.
Stubbs, who grew up in Johnson City and had a large number of relatives and other supporters at the forum, said that if elected he will be a hard-working judge and in contrast to Mills, taxpayers will get a good return on their money.
"I’ve pulled the dockets schedules for 2013 and out of the 254 work days, my opponent scheduled himself to work 127,” Stubbs said.
As administrative judge for the 424th and 33rdJudicial Districts, Mills decides how the workload between him and 33rdDistrict Judge Allan Garrett will be split.
"You are paying the salaries of these judges and you deserve to have a judge who will work hard and take care of the business of the judicial district,” Stubbs said.
Stubbs also promised he will keep his focus on being the best judge possible.
"I won’t involve myself in all the county politics my opponent chooses to involve himself in,” he said.
Asked in an interview afterward what he was referring to, Stubbs pointed to Mills’ reported not-so-subtle efforts to convince Marble Falls attorney Bryan Hicks to forego becoming a candidate for the Burnet County Court at Law judge position and his attempt to get Llano County commissioners to give the interim county attorney position to a candidate he favored.
Sources close to Hicks and familiar with the situation told Highland Lakes Newspapers that as he was making plans to be a candidate in the County Court at Law race, Mills called him and warned him that his record of having voted in a Democratic primary would be made an issue in the race.
Mills also told Hicks that the race would be too expensive for him because the politically connected father of another candidate, Burnet attorney Natalie Wallace Bennett, would raise a substantial amount of money.
Hicks acknowledged he decided not to run after receiving such a phone call, but declined to identify Mills as the caller.
"If he called Bryan Hicks and caused him to not run for judge, that's unethical,” Stubbs said after Monday’s forum.
Mills also was wrong in lobbying the Llano County commissioners to pick assistant district attorney Rebecca Lang to become interim county attorney after Cheryl Mabry resigned.
"Contacting the county commissioners and attempting to influence them into picking someone he favored is completely improper,” Stubbs said. "A district judge shouldn’t be trying to be an active player in county politics.”
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