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Councilman ticked off over recent repair allegations

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LANCASTER – District 4 Council Representative James Daniels is ticked off after allegations surfaced about recent construction and insurance claims on his property.

According to documentation received by The Ellis County Press during the high winds on Monday, April 11, damage was caused to Daniels home.

When D&J Construction reported to the home, they placed a tarp on the roof of his residence. 

“There was no other damage from the winds,” said Johnny Gray, owner. 

“We placed a tarp on there and presented him [Daniels] with a bill at which time he said he was not going to pay us.”

According to Gray, Daniels said, “it would be in our best interest to just walk away so we could keep our good name in the community.”

When contacting Daniels, he denied the allegations.

“He is a lying a**,” said Daniels.

“I didn’t use them to fix my roof, I was just getting an estimate from them and any American is allowed an estimate or two or three from a company.”

Gray claims he is already contacting an attorney and filing a suit in small claims court for the $350 Daniels owes for his company’s work.

“My reputation is solid in the community, he can’t even vote, so why would I want his vote?” questioned Daniels.

Gray claims his company worked closely with Daniels insurance company and was told Daniels had paid them $100 to put his fence back up.

There was no damage and no repair work done by D&J to the fence.

“I didn’t have any work on my fence, that is another lie from him, I invite you to come to my house and drive down and look, there is no evidence of me ever needing to have my fence repaired,” said Daniels.

According to State Farm Insurance Documents, Daniels received $396.27 for a wood fence, six feet high –detach and reset- per 8’ section. 

Calls to State Farm Representative David Zora were unreturned as of press time.

Daniels is currently seeking re-election. 


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Megan Gray 05/14/2011 17:11:52
Comment sent from Tim Speaks: For the past seven years I have watched James Daniels threaten, lie and cheat the citizens of District 4. Our country is in a deep recession. Foreclosures are at an all-time high. Unemployment remains high. During these difficult times Daniels has arrogantly voted to raise taxes three times in four years.

How can our city expect to attract revenue producing businesses, such as restaurants, to locate in Lancaster when taxes are raised nearly every year. When I was on the council I never voted to raise taxes and will always resist higher taxes. We must live within our means.

When I was elected to the council in 2000 I heard the citizens say “no more trucks”. I promised to fight Swift Trucking and I did this on a daily basis. I took the initiative and after two years we got everything the citizens wanted. Truck traffic was rerouted off Houston School Road and Cedardale Road so trucks would not interfere with commuter traffic.

When the city closed the Houston School Fire Station I kept bringing the issue back to the city council until approval was given to keep the station open.

Fire and police pay was an issue. I worked to get approval for equal pay, the right thing to do.

Now Daniels has the audacity to attack my military record and service in Viet Nam, where I served three tours. I have always been suspicious that Daniels was faking part of his record. In 2004 he claimed he was a First Sergeant and in 2011 he claims he was a Sergeant Major Which is it? Is Daniels brain dead?

In his literature he boasts of several citations that are not true. For example be brags about a Bonze Star with a second oak leaf cluster. The records list 517 recipients of this medal and Daniels’ name is not on it. He also boasts of the Viet Nam Gallantry Cross unit citation with palm. The records reflect that Daniels did not receive this citation.

I challenge Daniels to release his Form DD 214 that will reveal his true military record.

I was asked by the Ellis County Press, “Why are you running?” I am running for the District 4 Council seat for all of the above concerns and because I want return integrity to the council that has been missing for seven years.
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