Boydston for constable
There are three candidates running for constable in Precinct 5. I believe one to be the obvious choice. Doug Boydston has the credentials to take the constable office to the level that the people deserve and expect.
It says a lot when many of his peers from the law enforcement community endorse him. The people in his own profession would know best about his integrity, character, professionalism, leadership and fairness.
Boydston has 26 years of law enforcement experience, which includes bailiff duties and serving court papers, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and thousands of hours of continued education and training.
Boydston has spent his entire working career as a public servant. It is what he loves. I have seen the commitment he has in his quest to be the next constable for Precinct 5.
The work Doug Boydston and his wife, Susan, have put into this campaign is very apparent. It shows me Boydston wants the job for all the right reasons.
Boydston wants to give the communities and residents of Precinct 5 the same loyalty and commitment he has given the city and residents of Denton.
I know Doug Boydston and I have spoken with many of his co-workers. I have no doubt Boydston will raise the bar at the constable office in Precinct 5. Vote for Doug Boydston for constable Precinct 5.
Shipman for judge
I endorse Sherry Shipman in the Republican primary election for judge to the 16th District Court. Her legal background provides her the experience we need, and I believe her to be a common-sense conservative who understands the proper role of a jurist.
I asked her why she wants to be elected, and I got a genuine answer. She enjoys the courtroom.
While I don’t share her love of the legal process, I know people who love what they do will become very good at it.
I applaud Sherry for the courage to run for office and take on a new challenge. I’m confident she’ll do a wonderful and fair job in service to everyone who enters her courtroom, and for all the residents of Denton County.
I am writing in support of our state Rep. Myra Crownover as she seeks re-election.
Why wouldn’t we wish to have the continued leadership of a lady who represents Denton and Denton County with such enthusiasm and efficiency? Myra cares about us because she is one of us.
She has consistently worked on our behalf as it regards population concerns, inflationary concerns and transportation concerns.
A former educator, Myra knows that we need more schools and more teachers. Texas is growing faster than almost every state — and North Texas is growing faster than most regions.
From a selfish standpoint, I also know that Myra was incredibly supportive in making Apogee Stadium a reality. That speaks to her vision of making Denton a special place — not only for the residents but also for our guests.
Guests, after all, leave money behind that supports our tax base. Myra understood, and stood up for, the building of a first-class stadium that could help the university and Denton attract more business.
After just one season, Apogee Stadium has clearly demonstrated its potential in that regard.
Let’s keep a person in Austin who has understood and managed the growth, on our behalf, with terrific results. Let’s keep Myra Crownover representing our backyard ... and hers!
deputy athletic director,
University of North Texas
Runoff election — June 23
I think the residents have finally realized three things that will not win a race within the city of Denton.
One, the massive number of large signs have proved that they do not win a race at all and only clutter up the area.
Second is the incumbents working most of their hours behind doors to force-feed the residents and not let the residents voice their desires.
Third and final, the mayor should at least live within the city limits where he wants to remain as mayor.
I think the residents realized that the past few years for the mayor and one City Council member turned out to be a failure.
It is time to use the runoff election, June 23, to make a positive change for the city of Denton. I encourage you to return on June 23 and help make Denton a better place to live.
Vote for Michelle French
The Denton County tax assessor/collector race is between an experienced, well-qualified chief deputy to the tax assessor, Michelle French, and a real estate appraiser Marc Moffitt, with no hands-on experience in the tax office.
Michelle has explained the duties and responsibilities of the tax assessor/collector and the tax code that must be followed.
Her opponent accuses her of “making excuses” for failures in the office when tax statements are not sent in October.
It is a fact, not an excuse, that taxing entities have until Sept. 30 to provide the tax rate for their entity to the tax office.
Michelle explained that Denton County collects for 70 taxing entities. Once the tax rates are received, it takes another week for the vendor to prepare and mail the statements.
The law says that tax statements will be mailed the first of October or as soon thereafter as practicable.
Neither French nor Moffitt can do anything about that. Moffitt’s motto is “Online, Not In Line.” Catchy but inaccurate since taxpayers have had the option of paying online for the past 10 years.
With new technology, that process will be improved and is no excuse to replace a chief deputy who knows what she is doing and plans to get out of the office to meet with the taxpayers and answer their questions.
Let’s keep expertise that counts working for us and let her opponent stick to real estate appraisal.
Vote Michelle French in the Republican primary.
Vote for Parkey
Election time is upon us and there are several local races that are very important. I’d like to take a moment to talk about the race for Denton County sheriff.
While there are two guys running against Sheriff Benny Parkey, there is only one real choice and that is Sheriff Benny Parkey.
When he was first elected, he said he was going to change things for the better and he has done just that. Check out his Web page or Facebook page for details.
Nearly every important political or citizen’s group in the county has endorsed Sheriff Parkey and that speaks volumes.
Of the other two, one guy has about 18 years experience in law enforcement, all with the same department and that’s about it. Nothing in his bio suggests he is ready to be the top law officer of the county and oversee a department as large as the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.
The other guy was in federal law enforcement some 15 years ago and resigned. He also keeps trying to trade on his name, like being related to a great man makes you a great man.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a deputy sheriff working for Sheriff Parkey and I’d say all of this even if I were a private citizen because it’s the right thing to do. Bottom line is Sheriff Parkey has earned the position and deserves to continue doing the job he has begun. Vote for Benny Parkey.
Crownover the best
As a small-business owner, Corinth resident and animal lover, I am writing in regards to Myra Crownover. She is an excellent representative of many interests, and a Republican I am proud to put my support behind.
It seems all campaigns end up generating misleading information, and unfortunately that is the case in this race. As an animal lover and volunteer with a local rescue organization, I know she supports legislation that protects animals and does not hurt legitimate businesses in the animal industry.
She herself has run a small business, and knows the work that it takes and the impact a government can have. She is a wonderful advocate in protecting small-business interests.
As a registered Republican, it is rare to have a candidate who I know protects animals and stands on the principles of fiscal responsibility and smaller government. She knows her community and has served it well, both as a citizen and a representative.
She also made a large donation to help further the goals of building a new, and much-needed, animal shelter in Denton.
Anyone who is a small-business owner, an animal lover or a proud resident of the community she represents should take the time to research negative information presented. If they do, I believe they will support her as I do.
Vote for Brucia
Mike Brucia is a candidate for State House District 64 and he is a neighbor, but that is not the reason that we are supporting him.
Now is not the time to vote for a person because he is your neighbor or his child went to school with your child, and maybe it isn’t even the time to vote for someone because he is your friend.
We need a strong leader to represent us in Austin, a person who will not go along with business as usual, will promote truth in budgeting, reduce state government to core constitutional functions and not become a career politician.
That’s why we are voting for Mike Brucia to represent us in Austin.
Wayne and Sue Roberson,
Vote for Sam Mooney
I am writing to express my admiration, respect and recommendation for Sam Mooney, candidate for Denton County constable Precinct 4. I have known Sam for more than seven years.
We are in the same tribe at the YMCA Adventure Guides program (formerly Indian Princess).
This is an excellent program designed to encourage mental, moral, spiritual and physical growth in young girls and relationship building between fathers and daughters through outdoor activities.
Sam and his daughter have been active in our tribe for many years. Sam has taken a leadership position organizing activities for our tribe and his guidance and kindness reflect in the growth of our girls.
I have found Sam to be honest, hardworking, intelligent, dedicated and full of good ideas.
He has helped our daughters grow and along the way helped the fathers, too.
I believe he would make an excellent public official, able to steer the office in a positive direction. He has the respect and admiration of his peers and associates and the tenacity to implement difficult changes.
Sam has done a wonderful job with his daughter, the most important job of all.
I recommend him to all, so please vote for Sam Mooney for Denton County constable Precinct 4.
chief, Backwoods Tribe,