I am running for Potter County Attorney. This is who I am, why I am running, and where I stand.
I was raised in Amarillo and served in the U.S. Submarine Service for six years followed by active reserves, honorably discharged from both. After the Navy, I worked in Washington D.C. to revise the Submarine Quality Assurance Program. I then moved back to Amarillo and finished my Business Degree at West Texas State. Law School followed at University of Tulsa, College of Law. I have practiced law in Texas, New Mexico and the Federal Courts for over twenty years. Seven of those years were spent as a prosecutor, and I carried the duties of county attorney during three of those years. My wife Tracey and I have been married for 26 years. We are blessed with two great kids; a daughter here in town, and a son serving in the U.S. Navy.
Potter County is in Crisis
Potter County is in a state of financial and management crisis. I am running for county attorney, because I can apply my legal experience, management ability, and solid common sense to solve these problems. The county is raising your taxes, wasting the money it has, and doing a poor job for our citizens. The Potter County Judge and most of the county commission are intoxicated with taxing, spending, and putting the rest of us into debt. This nonsense must end.
Scott Brumley: A Major Problem
Brumley is a twenty-year bureaucrat and ten-year professional politician. He has never opposed tax hikes. He supports them. He has never opposed irresponsible spending or borrowing. In fact, he has done nothing but help spend money. His latest? Rather than give the citizens a vote on massive new expenditures, Brumley supported the commission’s action to issue Certificates of Financial Obligation, (credit cards). His lack of leadership, poor advice, and insistence on failed policies has lead to the abuse of our citizens and millions of wasted dollars. To top it off, his office has lost an astonishing 57% of trials over the last ten years. Yes, 57%!
Upon Election, I will:
1. Stop waste. As your County Attorney, I will immediately take steps to stop wasteful spending by creating a pretrial release system, diversion of non-violent ticket offenses, removing mentally ill people from jail, and stopping wasteful spending of your tax-payer money.
2. Cut taxes. Why do Potter County citizens pay twice as much in taxes as Randall? Why has Potter County stated that taxes are going to be raised every year forward? Folks, this is a problem. It seems no matter what pipedream expensive plan the commissioners come up with, Brumley is in lock step with them. I will stand up for the people of this county and oppose tax hikes. I will do everything in my power to seek tax cuts, not raises.
3. Win cases. As an experienced prosecutor and trial lawyer, I know that there is only one word to describe a law office that loses 57% of the time; incompetence. I also know how to turn that situation around through solid management, good training and elimination of constant turnover. As Potter County Attorney, I will build a first class prosecutor’s office that wins cases.
Potter County is at a crossroads. This election will decide how we will live far into the future. I have decided to take a stand, and together, we can make that happen.
Thank you for your time. Thank you for your support.
December 9, 2015