The Primary Runoff Election in Texas is just weeks away and some races are starting to heat up. Allegations of ethics violations are being made about one candidate in the race for Harrison County District Judge.
Incumbent Judge William Hughey says he has filed three complaints with the Texas Ethics Commission regarding campaign contributions. He's accusing challenger, Marshall attorney, Brad Morin, of exceeding the amount of money he can raise from individuals and corporations.
"At this point, based on our review of the documentation, he's failed to comply with those (regulations)," said Judge Hughey. "All I'm asking him to do is comply with the law."
In an email response to KTBS, Morin called the allegations a "desperate" attempt by the judge.
He said, "I have contacted the Ethics Commission and they had received no complaint. I have requested his (Judge Hughey's) supporting documentation but have not received a response. It is difficult to respond to the allegations without specifics. I have reviewed my contribution checks and can find only 1 for $500 from a personal friend who wrote it on a corporation check. It has been returned."
"I have tried to run my campaign on the issues before the court. I am very disappointed Judge Hughey has chosen to attack my ethics instead of defending his soft record on crime and the huge backlog of cases in his court."
"Having received the endorsement of Joe Hall (the 3rd candidate in the primary) as well as that of the Marshall Police Officers Association seems to have driven the Judge to a point of desperation. I will continue to follow up on the allegations and look forward to responding when more information is available."
Early voting for the July 31st Primary Runoff Election begins Monday, July 23rd and continue through Friday, July 27th.