I am told by his office, 897-2322, that he is renting here for now. The intent of the residency requirements for County Judge are clear though, you should actually live here, not just keep an address. I left them a message that he should resign, if he doesn't want to live here he should not be the judge here.
Exactly! What if our commissioners did the same thing? Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out right from wrong. A judge is supposed to clearly look out for the best interest of the County he SERVES, Ford has consistently failed in this regard! His track record speaks for itself. He should have been indicted long ago for his under handed deeds!
THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE 16. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 14. CIVIL OFFICERS; RESIDENCE; LOCATION OF OFFICES. All civil officers shall reside within the State; and all district or county officers within their districts or counties, and shall keep their offices at such places as may be required by law; and failure to comply with this condition shall vacate the office so held.
Why do people care about this? Because you especially want a local official who represents you to live under the same rules and bylaws that everyone else does. I recall when that Exxon heir, Van Taylor specifically moved to West, Texas ,just so he could run for office-he lived in a posh neighborhood in Dallas before that- people called him a carpetbagger. I also felt that Hilary Clinton was a carpetbagger for specifically moving to New York to run for Senate. It's not that people don't do it, it's that, at least for me, it smacks of political opportunism, and the desire to get (or perhaps, to keep) a job.
Perhaps Mike Ford will live in an apartment for the next NINE months rather in the probably plush home he just purchased, where all his furniture is, so that he will have to defer the delights of living in upscale gated golfing community for awhile-or maybe he will only go visiting on weekends to see his home, look for an hour or two and then return to his apartment residence. The larger issue with this is that he is ultimately going to go to a place where he will not be subject to the tax codes that he pushed on Somervell County residents, to include that 14.4 million dollar certificate of obligation debt that the county still has and owes. In my opinion, people need to vote very carefully next time there's an election to make sure such as he doesn't get voted in again. Not sure when the runoff is but pretty soon there will be a chance to vote in a new judge between 2 runoff candidates. Choose wisely.
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