A Tax Assessor-Collector’s race doesn’t usually get much notice, but this year’s Tarrant County four-way match up is attracting a lot of attention as Election Day nears and the gloves come off.
Over the last few days a poll has been running asking voters who they might choose in that race. Those who selected “Mike Snyder” as their candidate were directed to the following question “Would you change your vote if you knew that Mike Snyder does not pay his taxes?” It’s not a new accusation, but who is making it via a push poll? What is the real story?
There seems to be something in the water this election cycle with Tarrant County Justices of the Peace. Tarrant has three troubled JPs, Russ Casey, Gary Ritchie, and Jacqueline Wright. Direct Action Texas broke the stories on Russ Casey and Gary Ritchie. Ritchie’s court coordinator was indicted on 7 counts and we expect criminal indictments against Russ Casey soon. Now Jacqueline Wright enters the spotlight.
Wright has a long history of problems, but Saturday February 3rd, her latest problem was caught on video. The video is from the surveillance of the very courthouse where she works. In the video you see Wright being dropped off at the courthouse by her husband, Ross Ladart. Later, Ladart returns to pick her up. He stops, gets out, and proceeds to rip out and discard two signs promoting Chris Gregory, Wright’s opponent. The actions of Ladart are brazen and shocking. He has no hesitation, committing his crime in clear daylight. It’s hard to catch, but in the lower right corner you can actually see Wright wait for Ladart to finish vandalizing the signs, then she comes out to the car and leaves with him. Outrageous!
Robstown, just outside of Corpus Christi, elects its city council in November. Shortly after the Nov. 7th, 2017 election DAT was contacted by a candidate and his wife about irregularities in the mail in ballots. As we’ve seen before, this candidate won in person early and in person election day voting, but lost by mail in ballots. As a matter of fact, the mayor’s entire slate won with roughly the same number of mail in ballots across the board. After reviewing the evidence and conducting some field interviews, Direct Action Texas has filed 30 election violations with the Secretary of State (SoS) and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).
In a strange turn of events, Justice of the Peace Russ Casey, is now under scrutiny for having potentially forged dozens, if not over hundred, signatures on his petitions for ballot access. If true, this would be a felony transgression.
To appear on the ballot in Texas for judicial positions, candidates must secure petition signatures from registered voters. For a Justice of the Peace that number is 250 signatures.