Array of state, local candidates take stage in Llano
February 10, 2014, 7:39 pm by Lance Reaves
The Llano Tea Party Thursday played host to 18 Republican candidates seeking their party’s nomination during the March 4 Primary Elections, including those for state representative, district judge, Llano County commissioner and Llano County attorney.
Judge Dan Mills, seeking re-election as the 424th District judge, spoke following the state representative candidates and asked potential voters to vote based on the "criteria from my past.”
In particular, he referenced his record of holding criminals accountable for their actions and removing trials from the court dockets, thus saving taxpayers money. He also noted endorsements from 33rd and 424th District Attorney Sonny McAfee, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn and Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith.
In addition, Mills also noted one difference between himself and fellow judge candidate, Evan Stubbs.
"My background is in prosecution, not defense, like my opponent,” he said.
Stubbs was not in attendance in Llano Thursday, citing in an email Saturday his attendance at a similar event at the Burnet Community Center in Burnet conflicted with the Llano Tea Party’s forum.
In the email, Stubbs claimed the Llano and Burnet groups had agreed to allow he and Mills to go first in Burnet and last in Llano so that each could attend both forums.
Although the 424th District judge candidates appeared last in a schedule of speakers distributed at the forum, Mills denied ever making an agreement with Llano Tea Party representatives to deviate from the originally scheduled position.
For the full story, see the Tuesday edition of The Highlander or the Wednesday edition of the Burnet Bulletin or Llano County Journal.
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