Army veteran, anti-TTC activist vies for county judge vacancy
and JOEY DAUBEN
The Ellis County Press
ENNIS – U.S. Army veteran and anti-Trans Texas Corridor activist David Hunnicutt, threw his hat in the running for the vacant county judge position last week, shortly after County Judge Chad Adams resigned to take a job in the private sector.
Hunni-cutt, chairman for Ellis County’s largest geographic voting precinct in southeast Ellis County (Pct. 125), also serves as sergeant-at-arms for the Republican Party of Ellis County Executive Committee and co-founded the Texas Republicans Club.
"My primary concern is that the people receive an opportunity in 2010 to elect a county judge in a fair and open race.
"Appointment of candidates who intend to further their political ambitions, in my opinion, is a manipulation of the system. "Incumbents [elected or appointed] are historically difficult to defeat and thus I feel that anyone who will be seeking any elected office is 2010 would not be a viable ‘interim’ judge, as the interim status could render an edge, or advantage over their opponent, whoever he or she may be.
"The concerns expressed to me by many people is the redundancy of ‘appointments’ in our county government during the last few years, and that some impropriety may have existed. This is something which must not be allowed to continue," said Hunnicutt, who has been lobbying the four county commissioners for the appointment.
Adams’ resignation came a day after his political mentor, former Ellis County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Bob Carroll announced his candidacy for county judge.
"Frankly, I’ve nothing to gain from this appointment other than the honor and privilege of serving the people while working with the commissioner’s court to further improve the way of life of the people of Ellis County, and to ensure the safety thereof, "said Hunnicutt.
has expressed much interest in wanting to bring about a more cohesive relationship between the commissioners court, the sheriff’s office, and the public, as well as to aid the commissioners in the performance of their elected duty, and provide guidance when and where possible.
"I believe that the most important goal I have is assuring the safety of 140,000 people residing in Ellis County, and that the people’s interest should be first and foremost; not political agendas, personal gain or ambitions, and certainly not special interest. I would do everything in my power to help Ellis County not merely survive, but prosper in these trying economic times in which we live,"said Hunnicutt.
One of the stipulations that may meet the new county judge would be a promise not to run for the position in 2010’s Republican or Democratic primary elections.
"I do feel that I would be the best person for a temporary term, as I do not think that anyone else in the county is more viable than myself respective to bringing the commissioner’s court and the sheriff’s office into alignment with each other, and repairing the rift which has formed there," said Hunnicutt.
Financial gain is not in his agenda, he wants to make sure that everyone knows he would be a friend, a temporary appointee of the court and advocate for the people.
"I believe for a number of reasons that I would serve the county very well for this interim position, and am hopeful that enough phone calls will be made to the commissioners court to insure such,I am for the people, by the people," said Hunnicutt.