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Letters to the editor, February 20


The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor pertaining to the March 4 primary elections. Letters must follow all regular submission rules. Election letters must be received in this office by 5 p.m. today; none will be published after Feb. 27.


Support Crownover

We wish to express our full backing and support of our friend and current state Rep. Myra Crownover. Nancy and I and our family have known and worked with Myra Crownover for years.

She has proven to us that she has the ability to maintain and work for traditional conservative values while at the same time work with people from various thought backgrounds to actually achieve results.

We need someone like Myra Crownover in Austin who is a strong advocate of our public school system. She also has shown support for freedom of religion and tolerance of others. We live in a state with a population that stretches all abilities and talents. We believe Myra Crownover has what it takes to represent us.

We ask that you join the King family in supporting Myra Crownover on March 4. By the way, it should be noted that we are in no way related to Myra’s opponent.

Terrell King,



Vote for Waddill

Coby Waddill is my partner in the practice of criminal law here in Denton. Coby was reared in Denton County and I was privileged to know both his mother and Mac, his stepfather. They were good friends of mine and both were very proud of Coby. They instilled in Coby all the attributes that lend themselves to serving as a judge.

I have had the opportunity to get to know his wife, Kelly, and am looking forward to visiting their new daughter, Nora. She is beautiful.

Coby is a graduate of the University of North Texas and St. Mary’s University School of Law. I have tried cases with Coby, observed Coby in trials and had Coby conference with me on cases closely since we began the law firm of Marsh, Paine and Waddill.

Coby is board certified in criminal law. He has served for 10 years on the board of MHMR of Denton County and on the board of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Coby Waddill will be an outstanding judge in Denton County and I urge you to vote for Coby Waddill for judge of the Denton County Criminal Court No. Five.

Fred Marsh,



Hammons for constable

I have done my homework with regard to the constable’s office in Precinct 1. The results clearly point to Johnny Hammons as the next constable. First of all, I am a resident of Denton. Secondly, I was the chief deputy under the now-deceased Jim Dotson.

While employed there, I was the direct supervisor over Deputy Hammons and can say that Johnny has the knowledge, skill and ability that far outweigh those of his opponent. He also possesses the leadership qualities necessary in carrying out the duties of any constable’s office.

He has earned the respect of the law enforcement community in Denton County, which is an important facet within any organization.

I would ask you to join me, as someone who has been there, to cast your vote for Johnny Hammons, constable Precinct 1, the absolute best choice to fill this office.

Gary Matheson,



Re-elect Myra Crownover

Myra Crownover’s challenger, Read King, says that he doesn’t agree with what she is doing in Austin. What a curious statement. That seems to mean he doesn’t agree with:

Her being on the House Appropriations Committee since 2003 that:

• balanced the budget, without raising taxes;

• provided a $2.6 billion carryover for 2014; and

• helped build an “emergency fund” that is nearing $8 billion.

• Myra Crownover takes a strong stand for limited government involvement and makes her other priorities clear.

• She is an advocate of strong family values.

• She supports improved and well-maintained roads, electricity, water and other infrastructure.

• Being a former teacher, Myra Crownover is a strong believer in quality education.

• She helped pass legislation to broaden and improve newborn health care.

• And the list goes on.

Crownover has represented District 64, which covers Denton and surrounding towns, for the last 13 years ... and done it well. Her integrity, dedication and ability to carry responsibility have recently been acknowledged by her being named to head the Subcommittee on Seismic Activity to investigate the increasing number of earthquakes in the oil/gas regions of Texas.

We want to keep Myra Crownover as our state representative and will vote that way. We encourage everyone to look carefully at her record and accomplishments ... and to also look carefully at her opponent’s claims, promises and financial backing.

Joanne and Bob Moses,



Hammons best choice

Wow, this election season is shaping up to be an exciting one. I had a very wise woman tell me one time to vote your conscience. That is why I am writing this letter.

I cannot in good conscience support a man who does not appear to be a good Republican. I feel Jesse Flores became a Republican for political purposes only. Flores ran for sheriff last cycle and lost. There are opinions as to why Flores didn’t work harder toward the end of that race.

But for me a good Republican is someone who believes in the party, believes in the platform and believes that Republicans work hard for the greater good of our community.

I have seen all of these features in Johnny Hammons. Johnny and his wife hold an annual drive to help a local community charity. Johnny has volunteered for numerous Republican events. Johnny has volunteered to work many times when others couldn’t.

So for me, Johnny Hammons is the best choice for constable. I can trust that Johnny will do what is right for our community, for our citizens and for our Republican Party.

Join me in electing Republican Johnny Hammons for constable Precinct 1.

Leigh Smith,