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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:
- I will not accept political donations from companies who do business with Williamson County.(1)
- 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)
- I will fully disclose any income I may receive that is over and above my regular salary as Williamson County Judge.(3)
- 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.
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