1. What are your qualifications for this office and why are you seeking this office?

1. What are your qualifications for this office and why are you seeking this office?


Politicians have told us to "prepare for growth" for 20 years. Growth has not come. I, alone, recognized that growth will not come while our tax rate is twice Collin County’s. We must reduce waste in government processes to:


· Fairly compensate employees,


· Fund priorities – roads, airport, etc. and


· Lower tax rates to compete for new industry.


I am the only candidate with a proven record of reducing waste. See www.JamesMaddock.com for more.


2. The Texas Open Meetings Act requires business that comes before the Commissioners Court, in both open and closed sessions, to be publicly posted in sufficient detail to alert the public to issues of interest to them. What would you do to improve the commissioners’ compliance with this act?


We must:


· Insure all agenda items posted on the county’s web site have background detail attached. Currently, some do. Some do not.


· Proactively understand who the interested/affected parties are. Insure they have been notified.


· Table items if it is learned that all potential stakeholders have not been notified.


An example where we failed all 3 objectives is Agenda Item #9 on 11/19/2013, "Act on request to authorize the purchase of 201 W. Lake Street, Sherman, TX." The court approved the purchase of this building ($85,000) for use as an Emergency Management Center with plans to erect a tower over 100’ tall. Information about the tower was not attached to the agenda. During the meeting it became clear that nearby residents were not notified. Nonetheless, the court proceeded to approve the purchase, only to learn later that the building is unusable for the original purpose.


3. Would you support creating a Grayson County Mental Health court similar to the Drug and Family Law courts and /or establish a position for a Mental Health officer? Please explain.


We have a program whereby trained officers get MHMR involved if they suspect that abnormal behavior is due to mental health issues. Some feel we also need a special "court".


As County Judge I will approach all issues using sound management practices.


· First, define the problem to be solved.


· Identify key stakeholders; proponents, opponents, our courts, prosecutors and defense attorneys. Solicit their inputs regarding desires and concerns.


· Don’t prejudge. Understand the arguments from all sides.


· Base decisions on data - success rates when implemented elsewhere, costs of adding complexity to our judicial processes, etc.


· Seek a solution that meets supporters’ goals and mitigates opponents’ concerns. Maybe it is a new "court". Maybe another solution is better.


· Model any solution after the practices of those who do it the best.


· After implementation of the solution, collect follow-up data to confirm the desired results.


4. Do you support the establishment of a Veterans Court in Grayson County? Please explain.


Similar to Q3, this question presuppose a solution – establishment of a new "court". Maybe that is the best solution – maybe not. I will follow the same decision making process referenced in Q3:


· Define the problem


· Hear all sides


· Explore alternative solutions


· Decide using data


· Follow-up - insure we achieved intended results without unintended consequences.


Specific to Q4, as an Army veteran I know that combat servicemen are trained to stay alive - not to be civil. Some have difficulty returning to society. They sacrificed for us. We owe them an opportunity for a second chance.