Tuesday, January 5, 2010

County Judge Phil Fitzgerald Re-Election Announcement



My first day as Liberty County Judge, January 2, 2007, I was sworn to office by Judge Ronnie Davis. During the ceremony I asked the citizens of Liberty County to pray for our county and to pray for me and the other newly elected officials. I appreciate not only your prayers but also the support and encouragement you’ve shown over these last three years, and specifically this past year. Your cards and letters of support have been overwhelming. I now ask that you continue your prayers and support as I seek re-election so that I may continue what I promised when I originally sought this office; to give all my effort in working toward bettering Liberty County for all its citizens.

Over the past three years I, and the commissioners, have worked together in a united effort to do all we can for the good of Liberty County. The commissioners have all worked together to help in each other’s precincts and make decisions that benefit the county as a whole. Our efforts led to many successes for our county including:

• Securing over $43 million in grant allocations for Liberty County in the past three years;

• Increasing the number of law enforcement officers by 17 without increasing the tax rate;

• Attending to the needs of all communities in our county borders equally, breaking down the barriers of past divisions;

• Implementing a job classification system for Liberty County identifying salary concerns for county employees and raising the pay standard for all citizens by demanding incoming industry to recognize the value of our citizens compared to pay scales in other areas outside Liberty County;

• Increasing Liberty County’s fund balance from $8 million to over $18 million by closely managing county finances. This healthy fund balance enabled us to fund disaster recovery efforts immediately when state and federal resources were slow to arrive;

• Implementing a traffic patrol division that aided in decreasing traffic fatalities by 42% leading to an estimated 20 lives being spared in the last 2 years.

Remaining true to goals I set when I took office, I have facilitated meetings with mayors, school and other officials to share in solutions to county issues, again in efforts to unite our county. These quarterly governmental summits provide leaders throughout our community a forum to unite and work together for our county.

As County Judge I’ve also worked hard in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with officials from surrounding counties, state officials, and federal legislators. Working as Emergency Director for Liberty County immediately following Hurricane Ike I appointed a liaison to assure that Liberty County rigorously monitored FEMA guidelines and requirements for reimbursement. These efforts resulted in State and Federal audits approving all $23 million in Ike recovery expenses that were eligible for reimbursement helping Liberty County to more quickly and more fully recover in the face of tragedy and disaster.

In my capacity as Juvenile Court Judge I have had the opportunity to work with Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Anthony Scott in successfully re-evaluating procedures in handling juveniles. We are confident these efforts have led to making our schools and neighborhoods safer.

Lately, there seems to be an attempt by some of my foes to proclaim value changes based on party affiliation. For the past twenty-three years I ran on the local Democratic ballot and will continue to do so. Does it mean my personal values or the values of the citizens of this county have changed? I think not. I have attended the same local church for the past thirty-three years worshiping alongside Democrats and Republicans alike and never veering from the same conservative values we all hold dear. I hope that my party affiliation is not needed to reflect my values. Rather, I hope my values are reflected in my decisions, actions, family, and most importantly, my Faith.

In holding true to my values, I enjoy working with officials from both political parties. Working together we have accomplished many things over the past three years for the betterment of our entire county. If you feel the need to label me, I ask you to label me in the most important way, not by party affiliation, but rather as a common man looking to God to guide his every decision in hopes of doing everything he can to make his home and community, Liberty County, the very best it can be.

As I’ve said I have had the opportunity over the past three years to work with many dynamic people all striving to make Liberty County the best it can be. Unfortunately, since nearly day one as County Judge I’ve also been in a battle against wickedness entrenched in high places. There are some in our county, and its leadership, who are primarily driven by their extreme sense of entitlement and care only for getting their way despite the effects their actions have on the citizens of Liberty County. Despite the negativity and disregard of integrity by some, I remain steadfast in my efforts as County Judge to bring common sense business principles to our local government and work towards positive achievements for our county.

One of the foremost of these principles is to eliminate unnecessary expenses in the operation of our county. As you can imagine this conservative philosophy did not sit too well with those who are determined to maintain the way things had always been done. However, they failed to realize that unlike themselves, my loyalty is to the hard-working citizens of this county and not to the self-proclaimed elite of the courthouse. I have not nor will I back down from my values as they attack me from every side.

I will continue to stand against those who care only about their own ego and sense of entitlement and care nothing for the good of those around them. I will continue to stand against those who ignore truth and the law and fail to seek justice and impartiality. I will continue to stand against those who abuse their positions by using fear and intimidation to get their way. I will continue to stand against those who care nothing for right and wrong and only hunger for control. I will continue to stand for the good of all the citizens and the betterment of Liberty County. Stand with me.

Phil Fitzgerald
Liberty County Judge

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Phil, you have been judged by the company you keep and the things that come from that association. You once told me that you couldn't help me because I wasn't a Democrat. How dare you!

Anonymous said...

I dont think people have much sympathy for you in light of you lining your pockets with our tax money, sorry for you... Take your punishment like a man. Judge Cain or anyone else didn't put you in the position you are in, you did with your greed. Dont try to play the defender of civil rights and crusader against corrupt Liberty County officials, you don't fit the role. When you went after Cain, you screwed up buddy!

Anonymous said...

Phil, you will always be remembered as the man who took advantage. Your public role will also be remembered as a flash in the pan. You will go down in history as one of the "corrupt" who were caught, that's all people will remember you for in the end. People warned you...

Anonymous said...

This guy tries to sound like a public official avenger hahahah Just another corrupt Democrat. You are simply our past, not our future.

Anonymous said...

Phil deserves a chance people, he hasn't been convicted of anything!

Anonymous said...

Look how Chip Fairchild and Esmond trashes Patterson and Cooper on that gossip website. Patterson is much better than that crook Greg Arthur.

Anonymous said...

Phil, you would be better off resigning than showing bad during the election. Also, you know they will be coming for you, better to resign than be arrested in the courthouse and allow Cain to replace you. To bad you didn't let on how much Dennis Odell orchestrated what happened.

Anonymous said...

Phil, you have always been one to tell anyone anything to get elected, then forget them when you were elected.

Anonymous said...

Stand with me. I would love to stand with you FILL, if you would share some of your boot off of the Hurricane money. You and the Commissioners were working together for the good of Liberty County and at the same time filling you and you buddies pockets. All I have to say is,Get out while you can FILL.

Anonymous said...

You cannot be a Democrat and be a Christian also. You are either one or the other. Why? If you voted as a Democrat you voted for their platform. A platform that celebrates ABORTION!

Anonymous said...

So what will you Christians do with all of the longtime Democrat officeholders who have supported abortion all these years coming and expecting your vote simply because they say they are in your party now?

Anonymous said...

It was really good to see Chap Cain tonight at the Republican meeting. I had more than a few people comment they thought he (Judge Cain) was the Liberty County Republican Party Chairman. He looked very distinguished and honorable. I think he should be County Chair and then run for John Otto's position. He could easyly win against Otto, so much more distinguished looking and inteligent than Mr. Otto, no disrespect Mr. Otto.

Anonymous said...

I agree, Judge Cain has a real big future in the Republican Party. Such a good looking man and better looking than the current geriatric Party Heads.

Anonymous said...

yes old Chap Cain Looks good in the public eye He Looks Very Distinguisged And honerable but really he's a WOlf in SHEEPS CLOTHING. The question I have for the pepole that run our small town?
If You Died Today Do You Think You Would Earn A ticket to Heaven

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
I agree, Judge Cain has a real big future in the Republican Party. Such a good looking man and better looking than the current geriatric Party Heads."

I was once told that God, the ruler of everything, has never been seen because he may be uglier than Cain.

Anonymous said...

You dont need to run again! WHY!?! Espeically after money being put into YOUR pocket instead of residents of liberty county! shame shame on you!

Anonymous said...

Yes sir ,FILL has been busy for the last three years as Commissioners Court Judge, Juvenile Judge, Emergency Director of Liberty County (imediately after the Hurricane),owner of Fitzpak,owner of Construction Company,Motel owner,Estate Trustee, and rental property owner. If you could only see to give him another four years in office, your TAXS should increase by at least 50%, because there won't be any money left in the County Fund.

Anonymous said...

This Global Warming is killing my arthritus this morning.

Anonymous said...

What happen to being innocent until being found guilty?How would you feel if you were accursed of something and it wasn,t true.Unless you were there you don,t know!!

Anonymous said...

Phil is a good man, he hasn,t been found guilty of anything.Its called Liberty County GOSSIP,You better hope it doesn,t happen to YOU!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I lived in Chambers County TX, And it was a nightmare I found out that my phone and computer was being taped by my neighbor drug dealers and the corrupt cops. Everytime I would report a drug dealer or crooked cop I would be stalked and herassed. Night and day. There is a Organized Stalking Group taking over in Chambers County TX Anahuac. And some of the cops working there are apart of it.