Update: Don Markum chosen as the Parker County Elections Administrator.
Votes were cast by County Judge Mark Riley, County Clerk Jeane Brunson, GOP Chair Zan Prince, County Tax Assessor Collector Marjorie King and Democrat Party Chair Penny McCool.
Those in opposition to this appointment were given an opportunity to express their dissention. Duly elected officials acted within the scope of their authority and voted. It is time to move on…but we should never let elected officials forget that we are watching.
by Lenny Leatherman
Are we seeing cronyism at work again right here in Parker County? As you may know, the Elections Commission is scheduled to vote Monday to appoint the next County Elections Administrator.
The Elections Commission is made up of Judge Mark Riley, County Clerk Jeane Brunson, Tax Assessor Collector Marjorie King, the Democrat Party Chair Penny McCool and the Republican Party Chair Zan Prince.
Riley and Prince are trying to slip Don Markum into that position. Don Markum’s wife is Evon Markum who works for Zan Prince! Markum has absolutely ZERO experience that would qualify him for that position. What makes this attempted appointment even more troubling is that one of the applicants for this position is the acting Elections Administrator – a highly qualified person with six years of experience as Deputy Elections Administrator.
I’m not suggesting Markum is not capable of learning the job. He is likely a good man or he would not have been recommend for this job. Ironically, if he is appointed to the Election Administrator position, he will be trained by the acting Elections Administrator; the applicant with six years experience in Election Administration! That doesn’t pass the smell test!?
It is time to sound off and let each member of the Election Commission know that we are watching, and that we vehemently oppose attempts by members of the Elections Commission to slip an unqualified person into that position when a highly qualified person applied for the position!
We as CONSERVATIVE tax paying citizens of Parker County view this act of favoritism to be highly offensive, and insist that sound judgment and common sense be administered in the appointment of the next Elections Administrator.
Perception is a powerful instrument that often works against voter turn-out. Many times out of disgust for the cronyism and back-room ‘deals’ voters become convinced all politicians are the same and that their vote doesn’t matter.
Please contact the commission members and express your concern about this appointment. You cannot make a difference by remaining silent.
Contact information is shown below:
Judge Mark Riley – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (cell) 817-584-8902 (Office) 817-599-5607
Jeane Brunson – Email: email@example.com Phone: 817-594-7461
Marjorie King – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 817-598-6139
Penny McCool – Phone: 214-385-3662
Zan Prince – Email: email@example.com, Phone: 817-549-5029