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The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Retired minister Mike Treis announced his intentions to run for Ellis County sheriff next year, marking the first time voters will see a countywide Libertarian on the ballot.

'As the first official act of being elected sheriff, I would find it my duty to arrest [District Judge] Gene Knize and [County Attorney] Joe Grubbs for pimping our children in the courthouse of Ellis County,' said Treis, 54.

Treis said the number of accused child sex offenders being released on the streets was the single issue that ignited his campaign.

He made headlines last March when he held up a sign outside of a Republican Party primary debate stating, 'Does Knize Love Baby Rapers?'

He has refused to apologize for the sign.

'I was asking an outright question,' Treis said. 'He must love them since he's put more than 50 back out on the street in two years. How would you like it if your daughter was raped and the judge gave the [rapist] 10 years' probation and a slap on the wrist?'

Treis said he also favors a tougher policy against violent criminals over non-violent drug offenders.

'Violent criminals in Ellis County will always take precedent over non-violent criminals,' he said.

Treis will face the winner of the Republican primary - which so far includes candidates Johnny Brown, James Ledbetter and Steve McKinney - and the Democratic primary, which has no announced candidates thus far.

Filing for primary races begins in December and ends Jan. 3, with the primary election occurring March 4.

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