Judge candidate Stubbs uses Millsí exit to advantage
February 03, 2014, 8:51 pm by James Walker
424th Judicial District Judge Dan Mills wasnít there to answer questions from the audience at three recent candidate forums, leaving his opponent, Evan Stubbs, the opportunity to criticize the veteran juristís performance without response.
The latest example came Saturday at a candidate forum at the Tow Community Center when Mills spoke early in the program but left a short time later without taking questions.
Stubbs was late getting to Tow because he attended an earlier event in Spicewood, arriving in time to be the last speaker at the forum, which also featured other candidates running for offices in Llano County.
Stubbs, an attorney who represents clients in 10 Hill Country counties, took issue with Millsí statement at an earlier forum in Buchanan Dam that he and District Attorney Sonny McAfee make an effective team and work well together.
"It irked me the other night when he said that,Ē Stubbs said. "The district judge should not be part of the district attorney's team. He or she should be impartial when it comes to deciding a person's guilt or innocence. Saying that the judge and the district attorney are a team implies that people are not going to have a fair trial."
Mills was asked to respond via phone and e-mail for comment but did not.
Mills also did not stick around to answer questions after the Buchanan Dam forum, which was held Jan. 28, and did not show up at all for a candidate forum in Blanco the night before.
Two forums for the district candidates are scheduled Thursday, one in Burnet sponsored by the Burnet County Republican Club and another in Llano sponsored by the Llano County Tea Party.
The 424th Judicial District encompasses Burnet, Llano, Blanco and San Saba counties.
At each of the forums, Stubbs has called into question Millsí work ethic, pointing out that according to the district court schedule he scheduled himself to work just 127 of 254 work days in 2013.
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