Challenger vies for Goliad County Judge election
Dec. 1, 2017 at 9:36 p.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Mike Bennett announced Friday he is seeking the Republican Party nomination for Goliad County Judge.
"Goliad is a community that has been at the forefront of many historical events," Bennett said in a news release. "Today, we find ourselves at the crossroads once again. This time it is for the future of our county itself."
Bennett has spent 14 years in law enforcement and has more than 20 years of business experience.
Bennett has been married for 41 years to Janet Bennett, and they have two children. He and his wife live on 85 acres, where they raise cattle.
Bennett plans to focus on "stabilizing the county government by cutting extra from the budget, restoring dignity to commissioners court and demonstrating leadership through transparency by increasing community involvement."
After six consecutive deficit budgets, Goliad is in financial trouble, according to the news release.
"Our county is going broke, and our school district has a million-dollar shortfall for its annual budget," he said. "We are in trouble, and there is no articulable plan to turn our financial troubles around."
Goliad needs leadership, he said in the press release.
Pat Calhoun is the current county judge.
"Goliad needs a comprehensive plan to bring economic growth to our county, and we need it now," he said. "I have decided to run for county judge, as I intend to work to change our course of direction."
Bennett's intent is "to reduce local government spending, create economic stimulus within the county and conduct business in a manner that is more inclusive for the citizens of Goliad County."
According to the news release, Bennett plans to forgo the annual salary for the first year and put it back into the general budge if elected.
"I am seeking your vote not because I need or want the salary. I do so for the good of Goliad," he said. "I truly believe that it is the right thing to do for our future and our children's future."