10.20.06

Two From The AAS On The Williamson County Commissioner Races

Posted in Election 2006, Williamson County at 9:04 am by wcnews

This is an interesting article that, once again, highlights some of the growing pains Williamson County is having going from a rural to a more urban/suburban county. The end of the Williamson County good old boys? But this article was not just about the end of the “good ‘ol boy network”, another point I picked up from this article is that Williamson County has never had two-party government. It’s always been one party ramming their agenda on the citizens of the county without any checks and balances. For this county to “grow up” that must change.

Whether is the corruption that one-party government breeds:

•In 2002, county commissioners hired as a consultant to help run a massive road bond project the same man, Amos “Pete” Peters, who headed a public relations firm used in the campaigns of all four commissioners and the county judge. Peters had also headed a political action committee in 2000 to promote the same road bond package. County officials contended that the hiring was fair and that Peters was hired because he was qualified.

•In 2004, the public persuaded the county to hire an in-house grant administrator amid complaints about the county’s hiring of a firm to do so that was headed by former Georgetown Mayor Leo Wood. Part of the deal was that the firm would keep up to 20 percent of the federal grant as a fee.

•This year, the City of Hutto is renegotiating a contract with Heart of Texas Suppliers LP because it requires the city to purchase water it does not yet need. The company is partially owned by Limmer, the commissioner for Hutto’s precinct.

Or whether it’s the arrogance the one-party rule instills. That’s why the leaders in one-party government don’t feel the need to be responsive to their constituents or even be cordial to the opposition party.

County Democratic Chairman Richard Torres said insiders still reign: His party’s candidates haven’t been able to meet with current county officials.

On the other hand, the Republican candidates, Morrison, Covey and Cynthia Long, said they have had meetings with county officials to learn as much as possible about the issues.

The arrogance of power is usually petty, childish even. It’s only logical that it’s time for residents of Williamson County to put some checks and balances in their government. We need at least two Democrats on the commissioners court for this to become reality.

The AAS profiles the Williamson County commissioner candidates also.

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