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…

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My Pledge of Ethics to the People of Williamson County

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…

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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…

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“Impressed with his ideas, seriousness and compassion”

Campaign finance reports are in, and they tell a very interesting story!  Our campaign received 235 distinct donations in the second half of 2021, nearly three times more than both of the Republicans, combined, who are running for the same office. Those donations came from 124 unique donors, which means our campaign has earned several…

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One of those days…

(Update one week later, 12/21/2021): Thanks to an outpouring of public sentiment over the past week, the Williamson County Commissioners Court appears to have backed off their inappropriate threat and decided to allow the pass-through of federal pandemic relief funds (CARES Act) to both Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD, acknowledging that there is an…

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A Place at the Table: On Samsung in Taylor

Big news broke last week when Samsung announced it would invest $17 billion in an advanced semiconductor plant in Taylor, Texas. Attitudes about this news span the spectrum. There are many who lament the loss of prime agricultural land and the creeping urbanization of Williamson County. Others see this as the dawn of a new…

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I still believe

Today, I filed for a place on the ballot to be the next Williamson County Judge. Four years ago, I ran for this same office. It was my first time to run for any office. I did it for one simple reason: I looked around and saw the deep divisions laid bare in our nation…

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County Lines Aren’t Changing

Maybe you’ve noticed, Williamson County is changing. It’s growing quickly and becoming more diverse. Our county was the 4th fastest growing county in the nation from 2010-20, at 44% growth.  Change can be hard. Earlier this week, I learned that I’ll be losing my State Representative. Politicians in far flung corners of Texas who feared Rep.…

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No matter who you are

No matter where you live or work in Williamson County, or whether you’re just passing through: You deserve a smart, robust, and transparent county government that works for you.

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Let’s Talk About Taxes – Part 2

(Read Part 1 Here) (See the end of this post for an update added on 9/12/21.) For the third year in a row since he was elected as Williamson County Judge, Bill Gravell has broken his campaign promise to “slash” your taxes. It was a foolish promise. The budget and tax rate are decided on…

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