The Kaufman County Republican primary for the District Attorney’s race has been slowly heating up to a boil. The early voting took place between April 5-9th and the runoff election date is April 13th.
The candidates are incumbent Rick Harrison and his challenger Mike McLelland. Mail advertisements have been sent out all over Kaufman County for both of these candidates. More accurately, they have been sent out against each other, which is usually the case in a contested and heated election.
McLelland’s ads have reinforced his earlier message that Rick Harrison can’t be trusted as the Kaufman County D.A. due to him breaking the law by driving while intoxicated. Most of Kaufman County’s residents know that Harrison was arrested once for DWI before he became the D.A. and was arrested again last year in a DWI accident in Seagoville, Texas.
However, McLelland’s ad titled “Re-elect Rick Harrison Kaufman County Hyppocrite?” also alleges that Harrison was involved in an accident with a Forney school bus in February and that he used his authority to convince the school bus driver not to report the accident to police. Forney ISD said that Harrison paid for the damages out of his own pocket, though not reporting the accident to police would be a violation of the Texas Motor Vehicle Code.
Harrison’s ads have reiterated Mike McLelland’s lack of experience and ask “Do you want to trust the safety of your family to an inexperienced candidate using smoke and mirrors to promote his history…and hasn’t tried a jury trial in 9 years?” Harrison alleges that McLelland has misrepresented his experience, his military background and even the fact that he is a Republican. Harrison touts the long list of local folks that endorse him, including current and former Kaufman County Sheriff’s and Constables.
Local residents have very strong opinions on these candidates one way or the other, but all that really matters is if they vote and how they vote. We will know soon enough who will be the Republican candidate for District Attorney in Kaufman County. Until then, brace yourself for more negative ads and be grateful they haven’t made their way to the television.
How do you feel about the local D.A. race? Comments welcome.
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