Sex offender withdraws from race
WILMER – The registered sex offender running for mayor that catapulted this southern Dallas County town into an international media frenzy has dropped out of the race.
James Brian Sliter, 42, was placed on deferred adjudication several years ago and registered as a sex offender after he claims he was “set up” in a police sting operation. He had made arrangements to meet an underage girl for sex, according to published media reports.
"I've been convinced by the probation department to drop out of the race for mayor in the best interests of all concerned,” Sliter stated in a news release submitted after The Ellis County Press’ Internet radio show last night.
“My biggest concern is that my motivation for running and putting myself through this ordeal will go unnoticed. At this point, I feel I've done all I can for the community in focusing international attention on the problems in Wilmer."
Sliter’s statement was released on Wilmer Public Citizen, a news blog based in the city of about 2,000. Former Wilmer Mayor Linda Root issued a statement earlier last week stating she was voting for Sliter, who had planned to face off against incumbent Mayor Don Hudson and former Councilwoman Teresa Bain.
"One of my goals was to raise the level of awareness within and beyond the community to recognize the scandalous behavior and corruption in the city government,” Sliter stated. “I am concerned that I may have failed the community because no federal, state or local agencies have responded to our plea for investigations. Whether it is the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, FBI or the county authorities - repeated attempts to engage them have fallen on deaf ears."
Wilmer City Secretary Crystol Birdwell told The Ellis County Press Sliter contacted the media shortly after this paper published a chart of the Wilmer candidates to inform them of his status.