I love Williamson County and hope to make it an even better place for everyone who wants to live here.
What is a County Judge? A County Judge isn't so much a "judge." It's more like a mayor, but for the county government instead of a city.
The Williamson County Judge serves with four county commissioners on the Commissioners' Court. They set tax and spending rates and other policies for Williamson County.
Unfortunately, Williamson County spends most of its budget on Sheriff's deputies' salaries and other law enforcement-related expenses like courts and jails, plus lots on interest on debt, and a little bit on roads and infrastructure, too.
I'll show how we can reduce law enforcement expenses while keeping families safe.
The Williamson County population is growing like crazy! To some degree, that's a good sign. Better to be where other people want to come to than where everybody wants to leave.
But we shouldn't be paying people to move here!
Raise your hand if you want more traffic, more crowded schools, more flooding, and higher taxes to pay for it all! (Judge Gravell's policies.)
Unfortunately, Judge Gravell keeps supporting policies like hundreds of millions in subsidies for giant corporations to move or expand here, at the expense of the small, medium, and yes, even giant corporations already operating here.
I'm against this Williamson County corporate welfare. I support free markets and want a level playing field for every business and I don't want the county judge and commissioners to have the power to give or reject millions of dollars in tax breaks. It's too much a magnet for corruption.
You'll hear politicians talk about bringing new businesses to Williamson County for the jobs and to increase the tax base. They make it sound like if you support their plan, your taxes will go down. But they don't.
The county commissioners will tell you they're lowering the tax rate but that's misleading as home valuations rise and your actual tax payment goes up.
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MEET WES BENEDICT
Wes Benedict is an engineer, small businessman, husband, father, and served as national Executive Director of the Libertarian Party in Washington, D.C.
Instead of asking what new program or law is needed in response to every problem, Wes asks, "What laws are causing the problem?"
What is a Libertarian?
Libertarians believe you should be able to do whatever you want as long as you aren't infringing on the equal rights of others. Conflict in our society is caused by people trying to force their opinions onto others. Libertarians oppose using force to change people. It's okay to try to persuade others to change, but it's not okay to use government force. Live and let live.
The Libertarian Party is small, but growing, and is the third largest political party in Texas, after the Republicans and Democrats. Libertarians serve in hundreds of local offices across the nation, serve on several city councils in Texas, have served in state legislatures, and had one member in Congress recently.
Libertarians are rich, poor, black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, vegetarian, meat-and-potatan, and just plain average. They don't agree on the meaning of life--they just agree to live and let live.
Williamson is routinely one of the top counties for Libertarian vote percentages partly due to the young, hardworking, open-minded, high-tech, highly-educated, and racially diverse population.
"If elected, I look forward to serving and to helping all Williamson County residents to get along and prosper. But this isn't about me. I don't have to get elected to make a difference. I hope to run a campaign that wins people's hearts and minds so that whomever gets elected feels public pressure to do the right thing." - Wes Benedict
Don't waste your vote on the same old thing!
Cut taxes and spending
Free markets - not subsidies
Welcome immigrants & foreign workers
Williamson County has many recent immigrants from places like Mexico, India, China, and elsewhere helping to advance our high-tech industries and to build new housing. A better understanding of the facts about immigration will help Republicans and Democrats be more accepting of newcomers.
End marijuana arrests
While we wait for federal and state action, we can direct Williamson County law enforcement away from peaceful marijuana users and have them focus, instead, on property and violent crimes.
"I couldn't find a book that introduced the libertarian philosophy and also gave lots of information about the Libertarian Party from an insider's perspective. So, I wrote the book myself!" - Wes Benedict
Available on Amazon.