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Opinion: Why I Believe Mike Ford Is Not the Best Choice for Somervell County Judge (Feb 2010)

14 February 2010 at 1:52:28 PM

Some reasons why I would not vote for Mike Ford to be judge. I would say, incidentally, the same thing if Mike Ford was a Democrat. (And, of course, he did vote Democrat before he switched to be Republican). If any of the current slate of candidates for judge had this shoe fit, that person would be crossed off my list as I consider who would be the best person.

Mike Ford doesn\'t have an unpleasant personality. But I believe he does not have good attention to detail or followup skills. I think a judge needs to have those.

  • Did not press for an audit, this despite the fact that $1 million dollars came up short in the Glen Rose Medical Center books, only rectified through a HRSA earmark grant that Chet Edwards supplied. Update to be precise about this. The money referred to about coming up short was money that was supposed to be set aside strictly for repayment to Somervell County but was apparently used by the Foundation to cover operaing expenses losses. Here was Walter Maynard talking about this at a later meeting. And I am conflating the HRSA grant monies-at a hospital board meeting, the auditor showed that the hospital is in the black due, at least in part, to the HRSA grant At any rate, no matter what, I agree with Charley Thomas that an operational audit needs to be performed.
  • Made the resolution for Mike Dooley to go to Vegas. Mike Dooley is not an employee of Somervell County nor elected, but instead runs a company that contracts with Somervell County. Why are we paying for him to go to Vegas and why did Mike Ford make that motion?
  • I\'m not going to hunt this down now and in fact, at the time, I thought it was another instance of not enough legwork and research first, but didn\'t write about it. And that was Mike Ford putting for a resolution for a prescription card that turned out to be a bad idea. He had to reverse himself at a meeting about a month later and was greatly embarrassed. I wondered at the time if he even looked at the vendor\'s website. In my vague memory, I think it was a CVS/Caremark card associated with some governmental entity.
  • Used county property and his title as commissioner to solicit funds for private organizations.
  • Can you trust him to work for you? When we did an email request through open records, he said he was no longer going to be our commissioner. Why? Because we asked him, politely, questions? And suggested that we believed that he should recuse himself from votes on the hospital while he was also on the board of the Roger Marks foundation?  Easy  to tell your constituents to find somebody else because you don\'t like being questioned about activities that look improper?  And easy to try to impugn the person asking questions by calling them conspiracy theorists.  If he doesn\'t like something YOU ask him about what he\'s doing, will he resort to name calling as well? And tell you "I won\'t be your judge anymore?"  P.S. He didn\'t even understand his own role (he was executive director!)  in the Roger E Marks Foundation. In the email he said.

The Marks Foundation does fully support the efforts of Glen Rose Medical Center - nothing indicates that the Marks Foundation in any way endorses or would provide any assistance to the Glen Rose Medical Foundation.

BUT... this was from the Texas Secretary of State\'s website in 2009. (Remember that at that point the Glen Rose Medical Center was a dba for the Glen Rose Medical Foundation). And, we got this in the mail in 2009.

In sum, while I haven\'t made a final decision about who I\'m voting for, I know for whom I am not. I\'m going to look for a person who has attention to detail, doesn\'t rush items through for a vote without even a public hearing first, and who follows up on plans he has made.


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1 - humanbeing   14 Feb 2010 @ 10:22:11 PM 

My dealings with Mike Ford, though few, have been extremely favorable. As my Commissioner, he responded to my concerns right away and pursued the problem I brought to his attention with focus and enthusiasm. I'm definitely considering voting for him for our county Judge.

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2 - salon   14 Feb 2010 @ 11:04:17 PM 

@HB. I'm sure he has his fans; at least one, eh?  And I respect that others may feel differently.  There are, incidentally, 3 other candidates on the Democratic side. I've posted video of their Meet the Candidate speeches here.

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