Sunday, January 31, 2010

Andy McCreight, Marcus Brand, Donna Brown, Craig McNair

Republican Candidate for Liberty County Commissioner of Precinct 2, Marcus Brand, held a Meet the Candidate Event today at the Hardin Community Center.

Several Liberty County Republicans came to support their Fellow Republican. Pictured from left to right are Liberty County Chair Candidate Andy McCreight, Commissioner 2 Candidate Marcus Brand, District Clerk Candidate Donna G. Brown, and County Judge Candidate Craig McNair. Also in attendance was Tommy Chambers the Republican Candidate for the Liberty County Court at Law.

Republican Candidates, who are holding political events, please inform your fellow Republicans and we will attend and show our united support.

Andy McCreight

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Commentary- Political Forums in Liberty County

Before I began my rant please let me qualify the following statements by saying that I am running for the Liberty County Republican Chair Position. Having said that, let us proceed.

The Political Forum at Cleveland Texas on January 28, 2010 was very informative and I appreciate Dayton News and the Cleveland Advocate for holding the event.

Having said that it is my feeling that the core values and/or the Party Affiliations were not addressed by the questions that were presented to the Candidates.

The logistical questions about how one could improve the particular office that the candidates were running for were interesting but I did not come away with a true picture of why the candidates were running for office. I did not come away with an identifiable political position that the candidates follow.

I must say that the candidates of a couple of the races did identify themselves as Conservatives and did allow us an insight into why they became involved in Liberty County Politics. I applaud those candidates and I appreciate their boldness.

If I were a candidate standing on the political stage of a public forum I would tell the public that I am a Conservative Republican. I would also say that I support the National and State Republican Platform.

I would say that I believe in Individualism, Less Government, Lower Taxes, and that I believe that the National Government should stay out of our lives.

It would be great if the Republican Candidates would use their opening statements for the purpose of stating why they are running for the position and identify themselves politically.

Republican Candidates please take the opportunity to differentiate Conservative beliefs from those of the Democratic Party. Distinguishing the political differences between the Republican and Democratic Party will not be seen as divisive or as trouble-making but rather it is a statement of one’s belief system.

Republicans the procedural questions presented to the Candidates at this forum favored the incumbents. In Liberty County the Democrats are the incumbents. If you want to win your political race and help to move Liberty County in a Conservative Republican direction, you better tell the voters who you are and what you stand for politically or you will lose.

Andy McCreight

EXCLUSIVE: Dayton, Texas Land Rush- more corruption

Land speculators have quietly descended upon the Dayton, Texas area. A select group of Liberty County Officials with inside information have contracted with several out of the area front people to make offers and use ruses to capture land cheaply in the Dayton area. The 'inside traders' are purchasing land in advance of the state buying land in relation to the new tollway coming through Liberty County and Dayton, Texas. Certain land parcels in Dayton could become very valuable in the near future.

More on this story, later.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Letter to the Editor, in support of Marcus Brand

Letter to the Editor

Most candidates competing for election or re-election will state what they WILL DO if elected. Marcus Brand, candidate for Liberty County Precinct 2 Commissioner is no exception. He promises restored integrity, honesty, respectability, and openness to Liberty County government. These attributes have not been seen in this precinct for ages. Marcus will have an open door policy, be available to all constituents, and genuinely consider all suggestions concerning the best direction for Liberty County. During this election year campaign, Marcus has been tireless in his efforts to contact and meet as many Precinct 2 residents as possible. He is entirely committed to Liberty County and Precinct 2. Many of the residents have noticed his trailer mounted sign parked on the roadside. He is not relying on people to come see him. He is reaching out and taking his campaign to the people of Precinct 2.

Marcus Brand WILL: Be a proponent for and do his best to establish a more efficient Unit System to fairly represent all precincts.

Marcus Brand WILL: Work with the Judge and other Commissioners to establish a more efficient drainage system for all of Liberty County.

Marcus Brand WILL: Also work with Congressman Kevin Brady to convince Union Pacific Railroad to alleviate the drainage problem caused by insufficient trestles in the track from Hardin to Hull. The railroad track serves as a large dam and blocks the North/South flow of excess water resulting in severe flooding during heavy rains.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to spend taxpayer dollars without completely gathering all information available.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to approve subdivisions adjacent to a highly TOXIC WASTE SITE such as the ones approved west of Dayton.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to approve subdivisions in an active oil and gas field such as the ones approved west of Dayton.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to accept inadequate subdivision roads for Liberty County maintenance.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to purchase property with an extreme toxic mold issue and completely stripped by copper thieves such as the old Wal-Mart building even after being advised of the issues.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Subject himself to scrutiny by the FBI. A completely open policy will assure that he is in compliance to all public actions.

Please remember three things this election, voter registration, early voting and Election Day voting. “YOU” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS YEAR

Voter Registration Deadline-------------February 1, 2010

Early Voting--------------------------------February 16, 2010 to February 26, 2010

Election Day--------------------------------March 2, 2010 Tuesday

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Marcus Brand

Most candidates competing for election or re-election will state what they WILL DO if elected. Marcus Brand, candidate for Liberty County Precinct 2 Commissioner is no exception. He promises restored integrity, honesty, respectability, and openness to Liberty County government. These attributes have not been seen in this precinct for ages. Marcus will have an open door policy, be available to all constituents, and genuinely consider all suggestions concerning the best direction for Liberty County. During this election year campaign, Marcus has been tireless in his efforts to contact and meet as many Precinct 2 residents as possible. He is entirely committed to Liberty County and Precinct 2. Many of the residents have noticed his trailer mounted sign parked on the roadside. He is not relying on people to come see him. He is reaching out and taking his campaign to the people of Precinct 2.

Marcus Brand WILL: Be a proponent for and do his best to establish a more efficient Unit System to fairly represent all precincts.

Marcus Brand WILL: Work with the Judge and other Commissioners to establish a more efficient drainage system for all of Liberty County.

Marcus Brand WILL: Also work with Congressman Kevin Brady to convince Union Pacific Railroad to alleviate the drainage problem caused by insufficient trestles in the track from Hardin to Hull. The railroad track serves as a large dam and blocks the North/South flow of excess water resulting in severe flooding during heavy rains.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to spend taxpayer dollars without completely gathering all information available.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to approve subdivisions adjacent to a highly TOXIC WASTE SITE such as the ones approved west of Dayton.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to approve subdivisions in an active oil and gas field such as the ones approved west of Dayton.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to accept inadequate subdivision roads for Liberty County maintenance.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Vote to purchase property with an extreme toxic mold issue and completely stripped by copper thieves such as the old Wal-Mart building even after being advised of the issues.

Marcus Brand WILL NOT: Subject himself to scrutiny by the FBI. A completely open policy will assure that he is in compliance to all public actions.

Please remember three things this election, voter registration, early voting and Election Day voting. “YOU” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS YEAR

Voter Registration Deadline-------------February 1, 2010

Early Voting--------------------------------February 16, 2010 to February 26, 2010

Election Day--------------------------------March 2, 2010 Tuesday

Letter to the Editor

Dear LD,

I follow the local politics on your site and others and am thankful everyday that I no longer live in Liberty County. I left because of the corruption and do not regret my decision. I keep abreast of what is going on as I still have legal interests in the area and I also would like to see justice done to those that need it in Liberty County. However, I can’t sit idly by with the latest candidate announcement, that of Charlotte Key Warner for Pct. 2 Commissioner. In her announcement on the other site, she talks a good game and seems to have impressive credentials. But there are some serious omissions.

Ms. Warner has been on the school board of one of the most corrupt and poorest performing school districts in Liberty County. She has been president of said board for several years and during that time, there was a superintendent allowed to run the school district without the proper credentials and he held another full time job while on HISD’s payroll as well. The school district has been “under the gun” for several years for its poor performance and letters even went home in the high school telling parents that the school was not meeting State standard and that kids could transfer.

It is nice that she was a Tx-DOT engineer for SE Texas, but come on people, we have some of the worst bridge and road problems in Texas. She gave up her Professional Engineer (PE) certification to inactive status which seems strange to me as most keep that certificate even after retirement. All that is required is the fees and some class time every year, not such a big deal. So she has ethic hours; they are part of the requirement for keeping up with your PE certification, again not such a big deal and now she is teaching math at school. Why not in Hardin where she is on the board, they need all the help they can get as that is one of the areas that they have failed in. I’m glad I’m not voting in this election but if I were, it wouldn’t be for Ms. Warner.

Name withheld

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Meet the candidate Marcus Brand for Liberty County Commissioner Precinct 2

Where: Hardin Community Center

414 County Road 2010

Hardin, Texas, 77561

When: Saturday January 30th, 2010 11:00am-3:00pm

What: This will be a chance for the community to come out and meet Marcus Brand. He will share his views and also encourages all to share their views and suggestions on how we can improve Liberty County.

Food: Gumbo, Rice, Desert, & Drinks will be served

Marcus Brand

Candidate for Liberty County Commissioner Precinct 2

www.marcusbrand.com

Local news station ask people to contact the FBI

Tonight KTRK 13 Reporter, Wayne Dolcefino appealed to people with information concerning the FEMA fraud in Chambers County to contact the FBI at 713-693-5000, your identity will be protected.

You can also contact Liberty Dispatch with leads through our confidential email contact.

PRESS RELEASE: Marcus Brand Update

As promised, I will explain the three points made in my earlier January press release.

I stated that, “I will bring representative government, honesty, and respect back to the office of Commissioner Precinct 2”.

I believe that representative government is of the utmost importance to the people of Liberty County. Many Americans have given their lives for this. Seems today, elected officials believe they are placed in office to do as they please and push their own agendas. In reality, they are placed in office to represent the citizens and convey their concerns. Let’s get back to this process.

I will bring honesty to the office of Commissioner Precinct 2. I will have an open door policy for the citizens of this precinct/county and also keep the media informed on the issues that affect Liberty County. I will hide nothing. There will not be any “good old boy” deals in my office.

I will bring respect to the office. I will be a public servant bringing dignity and respect not only to the office of Commissioner, but to the people in Precinct 2 of Liberty County. I will never forget the taxpayers pay my salary.

I believe in giving back to the community. I served my country in the U.S. Army Reserves, and would be honored to serve Liberty County as Commissioner Precinct 2.

Sincerely,

Marcus Brand

Candidate for Liberty County Commissioner Precinct

www.marcusbrand.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ANAHUAC, TEXAS: Resignation of Dana O. Evans- AMDD

January 19, 2010

To: Mayor Guy Robert Jackson
City Secretary Nancy Hempel
(addressed per AMDD By-laws)


Dear Mayor Jackson and Ms. Hempel,
Please accept this letter as my immediate resignation from the Anahuac Municipal Development District. I feel as though my leaving will be the best decision for the District so that they may move forward. Currently there is an obvious animosity between myself and City staff, as well as some elected officials, which is preventing the cooperation that the District requires. As Chairman of the District, I have made requests of the City that have been ignored. Any actions that I have taken have been in the best interest of the District and the tax payers dollars. There has been nothing easy about chairing the AMDD since its beginning. It has been an uphill battle the entire way beginning with Guy Robert Jackson not getting the Chair position that he so desperately wanted. I believe that he has resented me from the start which has resulted in my constant head butting with him regarding what was best for the district. It is no secret that I have been outspoken on many issues that involve the City and tax payer dollars. In my opinion, it is that outspokenness that resulted in the AMDD being treated like a step-child. The District was created in 2008 by a (narrow) majority vote of the people. We have now entered 2010 and what have we accomplished? Nothing but a very tumultuous attempt at a harbor project. I had hoped to see the Park Project (finger piers) through to its fruition and revel in the fact that I was a part of that project, but I must step away for the betterment of the District. I hope with my departure the District will thrive and become something to be proud of. Currently, the District is doing nothing but running in place, not going anywhere. The District is capable of great things with the right leadership and cooperation from the City and its elected officials. I sincerely wish the best for the AMDD and its members. Thank you for this opportunity that I have experienced over the last year and a half.

Regards,

Dana O. Evans

Cc: AMDD Board
Anahuac City Council
Mary Chambers- City Administrator
Richard Baker- Attorney

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was A Republican

During the civil rights era of the 1960's, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought to stop Democrats from denying civil rights to blacks. It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican as has been affirmed by his niece, Dr. Alveda C. King.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have joined the Democratic Party, the party of the Ku Klux Klan and segregation.

Dr. King fought against Democrat Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor in Birmingham who let loose vicious dogs and turned skin-burning fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.

Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox famously brandished ax handles to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant. Democrat Alabama Governor George Wallace blocked the entrance of two black students at the University of Alabama in 1963 and thundered, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever”. All of these racist Democrats remained Democrats until the day they died. In fact, racist Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than a Republican because the Republican Party was know as the party for blacks.

Source: www.nbra.info
Ray Akins, Contributor

PRESS RELEASE: Marcus Brand

Please everyone get out and vote. This is one of the most important freedoms that we have. Some people complain and state, "My vote doesn't count". Your vote does count.

If your not registered to vote, you can do so by going to the Liberty County Tax office at the court house. You can fill out a registration card and turn it in. It only takes a few minutes.

You have 14 days left to register to vote.

Sincerely,
Marcus Brand
Candidate for Commissioner Precinct 2

The Same Old Tired Liberal Message

During his Presidential tribute, at a church, Barack Obama could not help but to tie the Health Care Debate into his presentation.

President Obama also compared the plight of the American economy to the struggle that Martin Luther King led in his quest to bring about change in the area of race equalization. President Obama set out to reiterate his liberal agenda by saying that all should join in individual suffering for the betterment of the whole.

This came across to me as the continued message by the extreme-leftist liberals that the only way to bring about economic change in our country is to allow the government to tax people at whatever rate necessary to equalize and redistribute wealth; all of this at the discretion of the Democrat Majority Government.

I am elated every time that President Obama preaches this message because it paints the real picture of his agenda and why the Democrat Controlled Congress is pressing so hard to pass the unwanted and un-popular Health Care Law.

It demonstrates the difference between the Liberal/Socialist beliefs and those of the free-thinking freedom-seeking Conservative mind-set that includes a large percentage of the American people.

The craziness of the Liberal/Socialist is that they preach a message of tolerance but do not want to include thought processes and opinions of people who do not fully agree with their message of fundamental constitutional governmental change.

Why do they hide in the backrooms of Congress when making deals and imposing Health Care Laws on the American people? Why do they guard the door to transparency?

Contributor: Common Cents

Zbranek, Hight and Wisegerber Trilogy


Democrat Agenda Picture

Recently, questions have been swirling around Liberty County concerning allegations of a conspiracy to surreptitiously take over the courthouse. Multiple people who are interrelated are alleged to crave the power of complete control over the courts and money in Liberty County.


The players in this alleged conspiracy are- Zack Zbranek(D), who is running for Liberty County Court at Law- against opponent, Tommy Chambers(R). Then there is incumbent, Carol "Rusty" Hight(D) of the 75th District Court- opponent, Mark Morefield(R). Lastly, there is Lester Wisegerber(?), Liberty County Republican Chairman- opponent, Andy McCreight(R).

The trilogy of Zbranek, Hight and Wisegerber appears to be making a desperate power grab for total control of Liberty County. In addition to this alleged power grab, Commissioner Candidate Norman Brown is linked strongly to Wisegerber's goals of Liberty County domination through commissioner's court. These three are all related through either blood or marriage. Voters, along with practicing local attorneys, know what types of games these three and their ilk have played on their political opposites and enemies. Does Liberty County and the local legal community really want a system exceedingly corrupt and the polar opposite of fair and impartial jurisprudence?

People should look at the continued corrupt actions interrelated to these characters and ask themselves... Are these the type of people we want deciding the future of our children and community?

The coming election will be the most important election for Liberty County in over 100 years. We are being given the chance to bring Liberty County into the 21st Century and to shed the curse of corruption which has stained Liberty County for so long. Many have worked hard for this opportunity. What will you do?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Cain Press Release



Re-Elect Chap Cain Judge of the 253rd District Court

Chap Cain has formally announced his candidacy for re-election as Judge of the 253rd District Court. Cain has honorably served as a judge for the past 19 years.

Judge Cain is 50 years old and has been happily married to his wife, Stacey, for 26 years. Chap and Stacey have four daughters. The oldest, Ashley, is married to a United States Marine who is currently serving in Afghanistan. While he is on combat duty, Ashley and the Cain’s first grandchild, Brayden, are living in the family home in Liberty. The Cain’s second daughter, Whitney, is attending Blinn Junior College and wants to become a nurse. Shelby is a Liberty High School senior, in the top 10% of her class, and a cheerleader. The Cain’s youngest daughter, Courtney, is an 8th grade cheerleader and an “A” student. Judge Cain’s wife, Stacey, taught 8th grade math for many years, earned her Master’s degree, and is the principal at San Jacinto Elementary School in Liberty.

Judge Cain is a 4th generation Liberty and Chambers county lawyer. He has a family history of public service. Cain’s grandfather and great-grandfather held elected positions including Judge, District Attorney, and County Attorney.

Chap Cain graduated from Liberty High School, attended Baylor University, and graduated from Baylor Law School. He was licensed to practice law in 1984 and had a successful trial practice of civil and criminal cases. He tried numerous civil and criminal jury trials. This successful trial experience prepared him for a future judicial position.

Judge Cain ran for the County Court at Law 20 years ago and won. Many people consider the County Court at Law to be a training ground for future District judges. The County Court at Law handled less serious criminal cases, family law matters, and civil cases up to $100,000. After 8 years and presiding over thousands of cases, Judge Cain ran for the 253rd District Court and was elected.

For over 11 years, Chap Cain has served as the Judge of the 253rd District Court. The court handles the most serious civil and criminal matters including capital murder, aggravated sexual assault of a child, complex business litigation, serious injury cases, divorce, and child custody. The 253rd District Court is not a traffic court that can be handled by a novice. The people need a hard-working judge with experience, dedication, and professional discipline.

In the last 19 years, Judge Chap Cain has decided over 31,694 cases. He did this through hard work and dedication to his profession and the people of Liberty and Chambers Counties.

Judge Chap Cain promises this same faithful service if given that opportunity by the voters. Your vote and assistance to re-elect Chap Cain 253rd District Court Judge will be appreciated.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dear Liberty Dispatch...

Could it be that Liberty County voters have benefited by two longtime Democratic elected public officials who might otherwise be steeped in the practice of covering up for anyone in their political party getting too angry at each other to keep their heretofore tight lips?

It is the opinion of at least some, that the initial “gauntlet” that was thrown down was when County Judge Phil Fitzgerald rightfully decided to curtail some of the special privileges District Judge Chap Cain was insisting on charging to the taxpayer. Included in that opinion is the view that Fitzgerald unlike his weak kneed predecessor, Lloyd Kirkham, decided to stand up to Cain’s behind the scenes intimidation and assert his rights and responsibilities as the chief financial officer of the county. Years of watching a spoiled arrogant self indulgent District Judge usurp the duties of county judge probably left Fitzgerald in a pre-meditated state of mind about what he wanted to “fix” in the court house and “the Cain problem” could have been his number one priority. Public officials that have been in office a while are known to throw their weight around and Cain may be in the mind of some, numero uno when cleaning up that kind of mess is mentioned.

Many more examples may be given by people that have appeared before Judge Cain in court but here are two tiny examples of the “Word According to Chapley Bell Cain”. First, for years Judge Cain parked his vehicles in no parking areas around the courthouse until it started to be complained about on the internet. Could you and I do that without being ticketed? Was he late to work all of those times or did he just park where he wanted to and dare anyone to ticket him? Second, in a courthouse that was busting at the seams and needing room , Cain had offices on two floors. Surely this is defensible, but does it show the attitude of a public servant-team player or someone who takes care of what he wants first and then everybody else second?

So County Judge Fitzgerald whacks Judge Cain’s secretary’s salary back to what it is suppose to be and what happens next? Cain threatens Fitzgerald if he doesn’t reinstate the salary at the figures he has set? With what? A “if-you-know-what-is-good-for-you” blanket threat? Did Fitzgerald try to set the salaries like they were suppose to be and the result was Cain spilled the beans on one of the things he regularly stays silent about in order to force Fitzgerald to recognize that Cain would be running the courthouse?

Did Liberty County benefit by two wrongdoers ticking each other off and revealing a little bit of the practices that have been going on in this courthouse for years? And then they separate, with Cain jumping parties and trying to deliver on his threat to Fitzgerald by using the newfound popularity of running Republican in Liberty County to whack his enemies? A political party can not deny anyone that wants to run in their party and this year we have heard from Republicans wondering why the GodFather of the local Democratic party made such a last minute public announcement of his desire to switch parties.

Perhaps we will know soon through the ongoing courthouse investigations. But regardless of what the public is ever told, I will not subject this county to the further embarrassments the two of these men could expose us to. Thank God for people willing to run against such hardball politicians. We have an opportunity to let them have their own soap opera rather than vote for them and make it our soap opera. Yes, I will vote for the republican nominee for County Judge and Michelle Merendino for District Judge – all of their scars and imperfections included.

The opinions and comments posted on Liberty Dispatch do not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of its contributors and writers.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

LETTER TO LIBERTY DISPATCH: IT IS TIME TO FOCUS LIBERTY COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY

Liberty County Republicans it is time to focus on the objective at hand. This election (county, state, national) is going to be the most important election of our lifetime.

I repeat. It is time to focus Liberty County Republicans.

Your vote on all candidates (county, state, national) will determine the future of not only the Republican Party but also the fiscal indebtedness of your children and grand children.

I repeat. It is time to focus Liberty County Republicans.

Liberty County Republicans your vote will determine the type of candidates that are elected in this county. Your vote will determine if Fiscal Conservatism is the direction that the country will take or if the country will continue in the Socialist direction that Obama and the National Democrats are driving the national agenda towards.

I repeat. It is time to focus Liberty County Republicans.

Liberty County Republicans, when it comes time to cast your vote in the upcoming primary please take into consideration where your candidate stands on Fiscal issues of the day.

Does your candidate support the Republican Planks and Platforms that encourage Fiscal Responsibility, Rugged Individualism, Freedom, and Opportunity for All? Or is your candidate an advocate of the “Change we can believe in” movement that is the center piece of the Socialist/Marxist Obama Administration and the National Democratic Party.

It is time to base political decision making on the ideology of the Party and vote for candidates who most closely adhere to our beliefs. Search out answers about the person that you will vote for in the March Primary and elect people who will help us to stop the Socialist onslaught of the Democrat Political Machine.

I repeat. It is time to focus Liberty County Republicans.

Contributor: Common Cents

Thursday, January 7, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Marcus Brand

It is official now; I have two opponents in the primary this coming March 2, 2010. So what can I offer the people of Precinct 2? I will bring representative government, honesty, and respect to the office of Commissioner Precinct 2. I will work hard to attract businesses to Liberty County. I will work with all County government agencies to reduce crime, improve roads, improve drainage, and I will back the Liberty County Fire Fighters Association (LCFFA). In the near future, I will explain each of these items in detail, so check back. Please visit my website: www.marcusbrand.com

Sincerely,

Marcus Brand

Candidate for Liberty County Commissioner Precinct 2

PRESS RELEASE: REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR 253RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Candidate: Jan Michelle Mangum-Merendino

After prayerful consideration and encouragement from the community, I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Judge of the 253rd Judicial District Court. I am a lifelong resident of Southeast Texas. My husband, Jared, is a Math teacher at Hull-Daisetta High School. We have three wonderful children. I graduated from Hull-Daisetta and worked my way through college, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. I worked as a tax manager for Clear Channel Communications prior to graduating Summa Cum Laude (top 1%) from South Texas College of Law. At South Texas I was an editor of the Law Review and worked on the preparation of federal and state appeals.

I am the first female attorney to begin her legal career as a sole practitioner in Liberty County and the first woman candidate for District Judge in Liberty County. Throughout my fourteen-year career, my work ethic and diverse experience have prepared me for service as a judge. My legal career encompasses both civil and criminal law, including juvenile law, family law, child protective services litigation, criminal defense, mental health law, probate law, tort law, real estate law, and bankruptcy law. I have tried cases in 12 Texas counties, including Chambers and Liberty. I have served as president and vice president of the Liberty County Bar Association.

I strongly believe that an individual’s ability to take his or her legal matter before a fair and impartial tribunal is essential to preserve the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution. Without open and fair courts, our freedoms cannot be protected. Liberty and Chambers counties need impartial judges who are committed to the letter of the law in every case.

I have filed as a Republican candidate because I believe in conservative principles. My opponent changed parties for political reasons, citing the preference for Republican officials in Chambers County in his Christmas Eve announcement.

If elected, I won’t let political expediency guide me … and I won’t taint Christmas with politics.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Paul Kelly for Pct. 4 Commissioner

Hello, my name is Paul Kelly.

My wife and I have been living in Liberty County for the past 11 years, we have 3 children. I am very concerned for our County and the negative images portrayed by local and national media groups due to issues at the Court House which have been going on for years. Our elected officials at the County Court House should uphold the highest integrity, moral character, honesty and remember who they where elected by and for, and to uphold The Constitution of the United States of America. Liberty County elected officials must be about protecting its citizens and bring in Industries, retail establishments, Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!,,, For far too long Liberty County has had and still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the State and Nation currently at 11.2%---this is unacceptable, and it is time to clean house. These are just a few reasons why I am running for the office of Liberty County Commissioner Pct 4 in the March primary election as a Conservative Republican. If you too are a concerned citizen and you are sick and tired of the direction and corruption of our court system, please consider helping my campaign with funds and/or helping spread the word to Vote for Paul Kelly County Commissioner Pct 4 on March 2, 2010. Make sure you are registered to vote! AND VOTE!!!

Thank You and God Bless!

Paul Kelly - Conservative

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

County Judge Phil Fitzgerald Re-Election Announcement



My first day as Liberty County Judge, January 2, 2007, I was sworn to office by Judge Ronnie Davis. During the ceremony I asked the citizens of Liberty County to pray for our county and to pray for me and the other newly elected officials. I appreciate not only your prayers but also the support and encouragement you’ve shown over these last three years, and specifically this past year. Your cards and letters of support have been overwhelming. I now ask that you continue your prayers and support as I seek re-election so that I may continue what I promised when I originally sought this office; to give all my effort in working toward bettering Liberty County for all its citizens.

Over the past three years I, and the commissioners, have worked together in a united effort to do all we can for the good of Liberty County. The commissioners have all worked together to help in each other’s precincts and make decisions that benefit the county as a whole. Our efforts led to many successes for our county including:

• Securing over $43 million in grant allocations for Liberty County in the past three years;

• Increasing the number of law enforcement officers by 17 without increasing the tax rate;

• Attending to the needs of all communities in our county borders equally, breaking down the barriers of past divisions;

• Implementing a job classification system for Liberty County identifying salary concerns for county employees and raising the pay standard for all citizens by demanding incoming industry to recognize the value of our citizens compared to pay scales in other areas outside Liberty County;

• Increasing Liberty County’s fund balance from $8 million to over $18 million by closely managing county finances. This healthy fund balance enabled us to fund disaster recovery efforts immediately when state and federal resources were slow to arrive;

• Implementing a traffic patrol division that aided in decreasing traffic fatalities by 42% leading to an estimated 20 lives being spared in the last 2 years.

Remaining true to goals I set when I took office, I have facilitated meetings with mayors, school and other officials to share in solutions to county issues, again in efforts to unite our county. These quarterly governmental summits provide leaders throughout our community a forum to unite and work together for our county.

As County Judge I’ve also worked hard in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with officials from surrounding counties, state officials, and federal legislators. Working as Emergency Director for Liberty County immediately following Hurricane Ike I appointed a liaison to assure that Liberty County rigorously monitored FEMA guidelines and requirements for reimbursement. These efforts resulted in State and Federal audits approving all $23 million in Ike recovery expenses that were eligible for reimbursement helping Liberty County to more quickly and more fully recover in the face of tragedy and disaster.

In my capacity as Juvenile Court Judge I have had the opportunity to work with Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Anthony Scott in successfully re-evaluating procedures in handling juveniles. We are confident these efforts have led to making our schools and neighborhoods safer.

Lately, there seems to be an attempt by some of my foes to proclaim value changes based on party affiliation. For the past twenty-three years I ran on the local Democratic ballot and will continue to do so. Does it mean my personal values or the values of the citizens of this county have changed? I think not. I have attended the same local church for the past thirty-three years worshiping alongside Democrats and Republicans alike and never veering from the same conservative values we all hold dear. I hope that my party affiliation is not needed to reflect my values. Rather, I hope my values are reflected in my decisions, actions, family, and most importantly, my Faith.

In holding true to my values, I enjoy working with officials from both political parties. Working together we have accomplished many things over the past three years for the betterment of our entire county. If you feel the need to label me, I ask you to label me in the most important way, not by party affiliation, but rather as a common man looking to God to guide his every decision in hopes of doing everything he can to make his home and community, Liberty County, the very best it can be.

As I’ve said I have had the opportunity over the past three years to work with many dynamic people all striving to make Liberty County the best it can be. Unfortunately, since nearly day one as County Judge I’ve also been in a battle against wickedness entrenched in high places. There are some in our county, and its leadership, who are primarily driven by their extreme sense of entitlement and care only for getting their way despite the effects their actions have on the citizens of Liberty County. Despite the negativity and disregard of integrity by some, I remain steadfast in my efforts as County Judge to bring common sense business principles to our local government and work towards positive achievements for our county.

One of the foremost of these principles is to eliminate unnecessary expenses in the operation of our county. As you can imagine this conservative philosophy did not sit too well with those who are determined to maintain the way things had always been done. However, they failed to realize that unlike themselves, my loyalty is to the hard-working citizens of this county and not to the self-proclaimed elite of the courthouse. I have not nor will I back down from my values as they attack me from every side.

I will continue to stand against those who care only about their own ego and sense of entitlement and care nothing for the good of those around them. I will continue to stand against those who ignore truth and the law and fail to seek justice and impartiality. I will continue to stand against those who abuse their positions by using fear and intimidation to get their way. I will continue to stand against those who care nothing for right and wrong and only hunger for control. I will continue to stand for the good of all the citizens and the betterment of Liberty County. Stand with me.

Phil Fitzgerald
Liberty County Judge

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Fire and Death at Russell Fairchild's Property

UPDATE:

Liberty Dispatch has received information concerning allegations that Philip "Chip" Fairchild of the Liberty Police Department, conspired with his brother Russell to take the life of Mr. Winston Smith in an attempt to quiet Mr. Smith because of financial fraud perpetrated against Mr. Smith. In addition, it is alleged through a review of Liberty County Property records that Philip "Chip" Fairchild defrauded Mr. Smith directly and through others' to attain the property where he now resides. It is alleged that Mr. Smith was targeted because of his age and alleged sexual interest (homosexual) which could open the door for a Federal hate crime investigation. Mr. Smith had somewhat recently received an inheritance of over one million dollars which was allegedly defrauded from him by Russell and Chip Fairchild.

Property owned by Russell Fairchild of Hardin, Texas was the location of a fire and a death. Liberty Dispatch has received allegations that the deceased, 83 year old former local teacher, Winston Gordon Smith was murdered. Allegations are that Russell Fairchild was involved with Smith in secreting assets from John Stockton and his judgment claim. It is also alleged that Smith had differences with Fairchild over money and Fairchild allegedly took Smith's life, then set his body on fire. It is also alleged that Fairchild was threatened by Smith that he would expose Russell Fairchild for destroying property records in Liberty County Clerk, Delia Sellers vault. Additionally, it is also alleged that Cody Parrish is involved in a conspiracy to cover-up the alleged crimes. (NO AUTOPSY ORDERED) Russell Fairchild is brother of Philip "Chip" Fairchild who is lead detective at the Liberty Texas Police Department. Federal Court documents from Russell Fairchild's bankruptcy, charge bankruptcy fraud by Russell Fairchild and conspiracy by Chip Fairchild to further secret assets for Russell.

CONCLUSION: This is a chance for Liberty County Sheriff, Henry Patterson to show his strength and direction. The only way for Patterson to accel as Sheriff is to take a stand on the corruption in Liberty County and bring indictments for these crimes.


Our investigation continues...

City of Liberty Police Department, blood stained...

The Liberty Police Department as headed by Chief of Police, Billy Tidwell, Head Detective, Philip "Chip" Fairchild and information officer Hugh Bishop has been alleged to have indirectly contributed in the death of Liberty Proprietor, Naushad Virani. While Tidwell and others in the Liberty PD have voiced outrage about the killing, the real true outrage is the mishandling of the accused murderer by the Liberty Police Department.

Liberty Dispatch readers have expressed great outrage over the mishandling of the accused murderer, Stevie Walder by the Liberty Police Department prior to the murder.

According to Harris County records, there was an active 'failure to appear warrant' against Walder when he was in the custody of the Liberty Police Department (shortly before the murder) but... "slipped away" according to self proclaimed Liberty Police Department information officer, Hugh Bishop. Where is the alleged great investigations team of detectives at the Liberty Police Department? Answer: Chip Fairchild- Res ipsa loquitur...

Chief of Police, Billy Tidwell should resign immediately to mitigate any further damage to the City of Liberty and the public trust thereof. (But he wont because he really don't care!)

This action or inaction by the Liberty Police Department is yet another example of the corrupt and inept public officials at work in Liberty County. Watch how the cover-up deepens and local corrupt Liberty County news outlets rush to hide the blood stained hands of Liberty and Liberty County Officials.

Billy Tidwell's Liberty Police Department- Accused

Liberty Dispatch has received numerous complaints about the Liberty Police Department actions in the case of accused murderer

Letter to the editor

I have questions as to the cause of our water supply contamination in Daisetter.

I keep hearing that the pukey looking water and the contamination was caused by the sinkhole.
Now the word on the street is that the problem is being caused by water that Daisetter is borrowing from the hull water supply company.

This news is upsetting because I dont believe that TCEQ allows different water suppliers to swap water without somebody saying that is ok to do it. Besides that do the people in hull give the water to Daisetter and let them make money off us by selling it to us. The people in hull are generous but I bet they dont know that.

Other questions about city spending need to be answered because our tax dollars are at stake.
I keep hearing about these great big grants that we are getting and I wont to know where all the money is going.

And what about these rumors about some underhanded land deal out there by the new sewage plant. Who bought this land and sold it to the city.

Then we get into all the grant money for the police department. Some say that the city got a lot of grant money for this project. About all I see that we got for these big tax grants is a bunch of police cars sitting around collecting dust.

We Daisetter people need to stand up and ask were all of our tax money is going.

HAWK