Thursday, June 7, 2012

NORTH LIBERTY COUNTY POLITICS

There are only four local candidates signed up in the Democrat Party to run in the general election against a candidate in a Republican Party that is on a historic run in Liberty County. The Democrats are- Precinct 1 Commissioner Todd Fontenot, Precinct 3 Commissioner Melvin Hunt, Precinct 6 Constable Royce Wheeler, and Precinct 2 Constable Les Hulsey. Two of the four Democrats are from precincts in the furthest most northern part of county.

One of the two North Liberty County candidates is longtime Commissioner Melvin Hunt, a former school teacher. Hunt has already unveiled at least one part of his campaign strategy to combat the rising tide of people wanting a change from business as usual in the courthouse in Liberty. Hunt’s strategy is to identify with the voters wanting to dump the tax and spend (and cheat FEMA) good ole boys is easily identified in one single piercing phrase he used to describe Commissioners Todd Fontenot and Lee Groce and former County Judge Phil Fitzgerald. Here is Commissioner Melvin Hunt’s phrase about three Democrat Party colleagues he has worked with for years:

“The evil empire.”

Hunt obviously hopes to pick up conservative Republican votes and hang on to Democrat votes with this kind of rhetoric as he faces the winner of the Republican primary run off. Tricky business for someone who is known as one of the chief insiders and architects of the way things have been for years in Liberty County.

Constable Royce Wheeler is the other north Liberty County Democrat hoping to stem the tide of Republican insurgence. Wheeler is a longtime unabashed Democrat office holder. He makes no beans about his party affiliation – he is proud of it. According to Wheeler, he runs as a Democrat because he is one. He is not a politician who minces words and plays games like others in his party. If Liberty Dispatch had a quote or a phrase from Royce Wheeler that identified his election strategy, it would likely be more like the following: 

“I have done a good job and I am the best man to be the constable here. Compare my record with my opponents and vote for the person you want to protect and serve in your community.”

Liberty Dispatch doesn’t agree with Royce Wheeler’s politics but has respect for his sticking to his Democrat Party platform. Wheeler hasn’t become a RINO like some others in his party who have cowardly run as Republicans. The list of Liberty County RINOS has grown rapidly.

Liberty Dispatch has heard a great variety of opinions from the movers and shakers in the Cleveland area about their races and we look forward to watching them decide who they choose to hold these elected offices for the next four years.

By, Liberty Dispatch Contributors

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

my suggestion to votersis to get to know the man running as a Republican for constable before you check a box.

Anonymous said...

Melvin Hunt is the courthouse clown and an embarrassment as our representative in decisionmaking. The roads will be in good shape here no matter who is elected, but the state of our county budget is in shambles because Melvin jokes and wheels and deals rather than treating the spending of tax dollars like a business.

Anonymous said...

I like Mr. Hunt and he has always been nice to my family. I do not know either of the two people who want his job but they need to keep the job they have and we need to keep Melvin.

Anonymous said...

dem's always say "vote for the man" when they can't sell the brand name! (or vote la palanca, the entire ticket)!

The issue hasn't changed:

where's Hunt's and Wheeler's signed pledges to turn the gun range slush fund (including its checkbook, all expenditure requests, and petty cash) over to the LC treasurer, auditor, and commissioner's court???

Anonymous said...

LD: what's with the article, and not about the Liberty courthouse square? Are you guys losing your tunnel vision? Did somebody tell you that there's a really BIG world out here, to discover?
(damn, I hate it when I'm RIGHT)!lol

Anonymous said...

The constable positions will be a huge topic for anyone in the "courthouse square" serious about budget balancing. Most of my life we have had FOUR constables, now we have six AND someof them have assistants. Every extra person has associated costs we can not afford. the constables need to go back to doing the job of a constable and now that we have a sheriff that is sharp at organizing, the sheriff's department can take on the rest.

Anonymous said...

Until Connie Paintsil's "job" is eliminated, Liberty Count's employers should have to apologize for eliminating constables or anything else. She is just a campaign manager for Commissioner Fontenot. Monitor her phone and see. Constable Frankum is all weneed in Hardin,and Paintsil is more than we need.

Anonymous said...

I am voting for Royce Wheeler. Jim Joslin is a horrible man. The worst kind. And his future and possible Chief Deputy Larry Allen is even worse! Go Wheeler!

Anonymous said...

Joslin joined Patterson before the election day disaster. I saw it with my own eyes.

Anonymous said...

Melvin jokes are a dime a dozen. can we get someone more serious and more talented at handling taxpayer business?

Anonymous said...

Melvin Hunt is running on the same ticket with Obama AGAIN.......

Anonymous said...

Cleveland has more crime and more problems with their young people than the rest of the counties' cities combined. we need new everything.

Anonymous said...

Very good post..Thank you for not simply bashing the "other side" this is what is needed, Royce is not on "our side" as far as the party goes, but seeing someone say they respect his view is a huge step in making progress in local politics. Got to respect him for that and respect you/us for understanding that...

Anonymous said...

that's nothing. Take a look at all the crime that elected and salaried leaders are, and have been doing.

Anonymous said...

Who is Danny Frankum?The only time I have seen him is at Election time handing out his card.I guess his other job will not let him take off any other time.