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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County commissioners rejected the nomination of Paul Perry, former Republican justice of the peace, to be placed on the ballot for the Ellis Central Appraisal District board of directors during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 12.

Under Section 6.03(g) of the Texas Property Tax Code, each taxing entity within the Ellis Central Appraisal District may nominate as many as five candidates for the district s board of directors every other year.  Nominations are submitted to the chief appraiser before Oct. 15; the appraiser then compiles a ballot and delivers it to each of the voting entities.  Voting will take place in early December.

"I have a constituent in my precinct that lives between Italy and Milford that has shown interest in being nominated to serve on this board and is willing to serve," said Heath Sims, R- Waxahachie.

"I owe to this person or anyone who comes to me to bring their name forward at this time. I make a motion to nominate Paul Perry."

The motion failed, however, for lack of a second.

"I was a little concerned about something you said, about feeling compelled to nominate someone who came to you," said County Judge Carol Bush. 

"Did you mean somebody was exerting pressure?"

"No ma’am," replied Sims.

Commissioner Ron Brown, R-Red Oak, said he didn’t back Perry for lack of not knowing.

"I haven’t decided who I am going to support yet," said Brown.

Dennis Robinson, R, pct. 1, Palmer, is supporting Johnny Johnson, who has already been nominated by another board.

"I have been supporting a guy that lives in my precinct, Johnny Johnson, I normally back him," said Robinson.

Perry, columnist for a local daily newspaper, said that they were just exercising their rights.

"Some members of the board take offense at what I write as a columnist. I don’t try to be offensive I just state my opinion," said Perry.

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