Ledbetter vs. Brown: Whom to trust?
We’ll be clear: The Ellis County Press does not endorse candidates for any race.
We will, however, highlight the platform positions each candidate possesses to the best of our reporters’ abilities.
We see tremendous opportunity for positive, pro-active approaches to solving our county’s myriad of problems (all involve smaller doses of government intervention and spending, mind you), including our crime problem in the unincorporated areas.
Johnny Brown, a Midlothian resident currently employed by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, has a "new philosophy for a new future" as his campaign theme.
A citizen crime commission is a positive move in the right step, but Brown has us concerned: on more than one occasion, he has objected to certain information about his campaign from being made public. That’s not good.
With the endorsement of the Waxahachie Daily Light earlier in the campaign season and the fact many establishment Republicans are backing the Brown bandwagon, our readers need to keep an eye on Brown if simply for no other reason than to make sure Brown does what he said he’ll do once he’s in office.
It’s unclear if Brown’s Masonic links have any bearing on these actions, but we remain cautious nevertheless.
Ellis County citizens were drug through the propaganda and misinformation the WDL printed when this county had a property tax rollback in 2001.
When Ellis County citizens voted down a government center and our county built it anyway, the people resented the blatant withholding of information about how bad of shape the Justice Center was in.
The anti-rollback efforts and the Justice Center came to symbolize bad government.
We’ve seen enough bad candidates and enough broken promises to fill a warehouse.
Which brings us to James Ledbetter.
Despite voting in the Republican Party primary in 2002, Ledbetter - also currently employed with the ECSO - ran as a Democrat on multiple occasions and for that he’s being demonized.
The same voices who are after Ledbetter failed to admit that County Attorney Joe Grubbs and 40th District Judge Gene Knize and a host of others switched to the GOP in ’93.
Quite frankly, being under one party’s label won’t keep or share information that is vital to the public.
An individual candidate will.
And with Constable Steve McKinney’s endorsement last week, Ledbetter is working around the clock to make this sheriff campaign stand.
We’re also disturbed by his platform’s call for a traffic division in the ECSO.
We’re also disturbed by what many in the GOP rank-and-file, as well as party leadership, have said to Ledbetter’s supporters.
In no uncertain words, Ledbetter supporters were told they were going to vote for Brown no matter what.
We know this because several supporters have called or e-mailed this newspaper.
This race won’t be decided on issues, unfortunately.
Anyone can see the results of our county attorney race and know that people only went to the one with the most popular name.
Ellis County has a very tough decision on April 8 in the sheriff’s race.
The candidate who is most open and honest with the public and the press will gain our favor and trust, but those who shy away from us will not have an easy road to travel.
The winner of the April 8 run-off faces Libertarian Mike Treis in November.