01.28.08

RRL Profiles Mike Grimes, Democratic Candidate For County Commissioner Precinct 1

Posted in 2008 Primary, Commissioners Court, Election 2008, Precinct 1, Williamson County at 2:10 pm by wcnews

Here’s the story, Longtime attorney makes bid for Wilco commissioner. Long-time Williamson County resident Mike Grimes wants to bring accountability back to our county government.

Round Rock Democrat Mike Grimes knows he’s got an uphill fight in his bid to become Williamson County Precinct 1 commissioner. He just hopes people don’t write him off because of that “D” that’ll be by his name on November ballots.

“Williamson County needs to be a two-party system,” Grimes said. “Travis County needs to be a two-party system. Travis County is almost singularly Democratic. Williamson County is almost singularly Republican. One-party systems almost never work as well as two-party systems.”

In this cycle the D by his name will be a welcomed change for many. Grimes also has vast experience in the county.

Grimes said he currently specializes in civil litigation, but in the past was a criminal defense attorney.

Grimes and his wife of 37 years, Sharon, are the parents of three adult sons and have three granddaughters.

Sharon Grimes is, like her husband, a UT graduate. She was formerly a speech pathologist with RRISD.

Mike Grimes has previously served as president for the Williamson County Juvenile Board, Round Rock Kiwanis Club, Round Rock Soccer Association and Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce.

He is also a charter member of the Morning Round Rock Sertoma Club and the Sam Bass Theatre Association.

Grimes along with Gregory Windham, running for commissioner in Precinct 3, would bring some needed accountability and balance to the court. And much needed leadership.

“I think I can be a better leader than Lisa’s been,” Grimes said, noting he believes the county has suffered under ‘crisis’ leadership from the Commissioners Court.

Grimes cited three examples – each of which was often in the headlines this past year – the regional animal shelter in Georgetown, the landfill in Hutto and the immigrant detention center in Taylor.

All three have been handled poorly, to say the least. Getting Grimes on the court would insure that decisions are no longer rubber stamped behind closed doors.

2 Comments »

  1. remerson said,

    January 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Mike Grimes is a savvy guy who will ask questions and question answers. No more dog and pony show, no more smoke and mirrors, no more going along to get along! Wow! Imagine that!

  2. Eye on Williamson » News 8 Reports On Precinct 1 Commissioners Forum said,

    February 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    [...] To see who gave to Birkman go here. This is not surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention to the way things work in Williamson County. No matter who wins to uphold the status quo on the GOP side, the only candidate that can bring accountability back to the court, and provide what’s needed for democracy to flourish, a check on one-party government, is Democratic candidate Mike Grimes. [...]

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