My Pledge of Ethics to the People of Williamson County


Make a donation to the campaign Today!

The people of Williamson County expect their elected officials to work for the public good, not for their own personal enrichment. When I am Williamson County Judge, I will strive for honesty, transparency, and accountability in every aspect of my service to our community. In that spirit, I make the following pledge to the people of this county:

  1. I will not accept political donations from companies who do business with Williamson County.(1)
  2. If a member of my family should become employed by a company that does business with Williamson County, I will fully disclose all the relevant details to the public, beyond what is legally required.(2)
  3. I will fully disclose any income I may receive that is over and above my regular salary as Williamson County Judge.(3)
  4. I will recuse myself from any business transaction or lawsuit that may present a conflict of interest.

(1) The most recent semi-annual campaign finance report reveals that a substantial percentage of Gravell’s political contributions come from at least a dozen companies who do business with the county.

(2) Gravell’s brother-in-law is an executive with James Construction, which won its first contract with the county in 2018. Since then, it has been paid $6.6 million in FY2019, $10.2 million in FY2020, $7.5 million in FY2021, and $6.3 million so far in FY2022, and has just been awarded a new $12.6 million contract related to the Samsung development project. It is worth asking the question: how is it that James Construction has been so consistently successful in offering the lowest bid on these lucrative contracts over the past four years?

(3) Gravell conducts weddings, both during and outside of business hours, both at the County Courthouse and offsite. Cash payments to Gravell personally are required for this service. To this point, Gravell has not disclosed how many weddings he has performed, how much he has been paid for this service, or how he reports this income on his tax return.

More from Posts from Blane Conklin

What is Necessary

The July 27th edition of the Williamson County Sun had front page stories covering drought, wildfires, and plans for additional future expansions of Samsung operations in the county. My hunch is that most readers are beginning to make the connection between these stories. In Central Texas, drought is a regular part of our climate cycle….


My Top Priority

When I am Williamson County Judge, my number one priority will be the safety and well-being of every person who lives, works, or passes through our county. In Texas, the County Judge serves as the head of emergency management in the county. Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken the time to pursue some basic…


A day in the life…

I’ll never know what it’s like to wake up, put on a uniform and badge, and go to work knowing that I’m putting my life on the line for others. But the least I can do, as someone who is in the middle of the longest job interview of my life, is to try to…


- Endorsements for Blane -


John Bucy
Texas State Representative
District 136

James Talarico
Texas State
District 52

Terry Cook
Williamson County
Precinct 1

Hilda Montgomery
Round Rock
City Council
Place 6

Heather Jefts
Cedar Park
City Council
Place 6


MJ Hegar
2020 Texas
Democratic Nominee
for US Senate

Screen Shot 2021-06-28 at 3.01.28 PM

Esme Mattke Longoria
City Council
Place 2


Jim Penniman-Morin
Cedar Park


Mitchell Drummond
City Council
District 2


Gerald Anderson
Taylor City Council
District 1
Mayor Pro-Tem

Get involved with the campaign today!


Make a donation to the campaign Today!

© 2022 Blane Conklin for County Judge | All Rights Reserved
Political Advertising Paid for by Blane Conklin Campaign, Hon. Terry Cook, Treasurer
PO Box 5244, Round Rock, TX 78683