Part II: Is Hays County Politics Getting Dirty?

Part II: Is Hays County Politics Getting Dirty?

Earlier this month, Chris Johnson, a candidate for County Court at Law Place 2, sent out a political flier, which brought attention to the incumbent’s, and Johnson’s opponent, Judge David Glickler, DWI Arrest from May 2015.

By, Terra Rivers, Managing Editor

With the Primary Election’s early voting underway, Hays County residents have probably seen a number of political fliers pass through the mailbox these last few weeks.

Earlier this month, Chris Johnson, a candidate for County Court at Law Place 2, sent out a political flier which brought attention to the incumbent’s, and Johnson’s opponent, Judge David Glickler, Driving While Intoxicated arrest from May 2015.

The flier was brought up during the Hays County Women Voter’s candidate debate on Feb. 12 for containing factual errors. The political flier stated Judge Glickler had been arrested on May 23, 2015, “the night of the Memorial Day floods.” 

However, according to Hays County court records, Judge Glickler was arrested on May 26, 2015, at approximately 11:30 PM under suspicion of DWI.  

When asked how the error occurred, Johnson said, “The simple fact of the matter, I should have double or triple checked the mailer before it went out….it was just an error. It got corrected to the 26th on the mailers that will be coming out in the next couple of weeks. The date at the top was correct.”

While the most recent flier has the correct date, it continues to bring attention to Johnson’s opponents mistake “two nights after the area’s worst natural disaster.”

During the League of Women Voters’ Primary Election debate, Feb. 12, Judge Glickler said, “Rather than attempting to excuse my own conduct, for three years, I’ve owned it. I’ve taken full legal responsibility for it; I’ve repeatedly addressed my constituents, apologized and pledged to bring honor to this bench going forward.”

Both fliers stated Judge Glickler had interfered with the investigation of his DWI, which he said was untrue. Judge Glickler plead no contest to his charges. (A no contest plea is a plea used in criminal proceedings as an alternative to a guilty or not guilty plea, whereby the defendant neither disputes nor admits to doing the crime.)

Judge Glickler took office in January 2015; when he took office, Hays County had 1300 misdemeanor cases backlogged. By September 2015, the backlog had been reduced to 300. Today, there is none.

Johnson has been a Hays County prosecutor for 12 years; he is an Eagle Scout of the Trans-Atlantic Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has prosecuted drug dealers, armed robbers, domestic abusers and child predators over his tenure.

Read Part I: Is Hays County Politics Getting Dirty?


 

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  1. Lynne

    As far as I can tell, Johnson’s entire campaign has consisted of attacking Glickler because of a DWI that he accepted responsibility and paid his dues for. If disapproval of someone qualified you to do their job we could all be President based on our opinions of the former or current President.

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