"Dirty politics" talk at candidate forum
February 03, 2014, 8:00 am by Lance Reaves
With just two weeks remaining until early voting begins, candidates seeking the Republican nominations in the March 4 Primary Elections continued to rally support at the Tow Community Center Saturday.
The candidate forum included both candidates for county clerk, county attorney and 424th district judge, as well as all five candidates vying for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace.
Incumbent Precinct 2 JP Linda Ballard is seeking her third term. She stressed her experience in the position—including her 15 total years working in the office—as a primary consideration when voters cast their vote.
"I believe I am the best candidate, having been there as long as I have,” she said.
JP 2 Candidate Shelly Comerford took the podium next. Although she had prepared a speech, Comerford said she instead felt compelled to address a circulating rumor that she said claimed she was about to be arrested on embezzlement charges.
She explained the rumor stemmed from her employment at Dent-Ex, a dent repair shop in Kingsland. In her hands, she held a copy of the offense narrative filed Nov. 22, 2013, at the Buchanan Dam Sheriff’s Annex. The complaint by the business owner and the auditor named her as a suspect in "substantial embezzlement and forgeries” during May through July 2013.
Comerford called these allegations "dirty politics at its finest,” and said she has three sworn witness statements saying she "didn’t take a dime.”
In addition, Comerford also said she had spoken with the District Attorney’s Office one day prior, which she said reported no investigation presented. She said the Llano County Sheriff’s Office reported no investigation or arrest warrant issued.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal
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