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Williamson County Judge

Primary Election: March 6, 2018Early Voting: February 20 - March 2, 2018
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    Bill Gravell (Rep) Judge-Justice of the Peace

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    Frank Leffingwell (Rep) Tax Attorney

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Background Judge Bill Gravell is a lifelong Republican and Williamson County native. He and his wife Jill have two adult children and five grandchildren.
Education Judge Gravell graduated from Round Rock High School in 1982. He graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1986.
Judge Gravell strongly believes government officials should operate their offices with a conservative business minded approach. When he took office in 2013, he made it his mission to transform his court into the most efficient and fiscally conservative office in Texas. Saying you are a conservative is one thing. Actually governing like one is another. We need a true conservative business-minded leader who does not have a record of raising taxes.
Williamson County has a reputation for keeping our families safe and we must make our public safety professionals a top priority. One of the most important aspects of everyday life in Williamson County is transportation. Transportation issues are always going to be an important part of the discussion when it comes to Williamson County government. We must improve our infrastructure and mobility to keep Williamson County moving.
Judge Gravell believes that economic development is the key to reducing the tax burden on property owners in Williamson County. Judge Gravell has been fighting for a business-friendly environment, while serving a chairman of the board of economic development in Hutto. As County Judge, he will continue working to expand our tax base to give hard-working families the real tax relief they deserve in Williamson County.
Our number one health related issue in Williamson County is making sure our county EMS system has all of the tools and resources necessary to be successful. We must make sure our EMS employees are taken care of because they care for our county. We must take a hard look at the increase of suicides in our county and work to reduce that number. I believe we are in the mist of mental health crisis in America and it requires our full attention.
Background Frank Leffingwell was raised in Williamson County. He is a local entrepreneur and Tax Attorney. Frank and his family reside in Round Rock
Education Southwestern Univ. in Georgetown (B.A., 1989) St. Mary's Univ. School of Law (J.D.,1993), Georgetown Univ. Law (Candidate for Masters in Law, LL.M)
I believe economic development and good conservative fiscal management are the most important duties of County Judge. As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, we must be focused on transportation issues and natural resources challenges while carefully managing the growth.
Williamson County, as part of the Central Texas region, is in the grip of a mobility crisis. Because this challenge is a regional one which requires a regional solution we do not have the ability to effectively address this challenge through the work of any one local government within Central Texas. A meaningful solution can only be reached by working alongside our regional neighbors to find a regional solution.
The County has tightened its subdivision regulations and can control anything being developed over 10 acres. Except for real property located in the most rural parts of the County, most real estate in the County is within the ETJ of one of the County’s cities and are therefore controlled by regulation under municipal zoning laws. Our County is becoming more urban, real estate not currently regulated by municipal zoning laws may soon be.
My understanding is that although the County is legally required to provide up ten percent (10%) of its overall budget to indigent health care and services (the health dept. has never asked for full 10% but has asked for more). The extent to which funding can be made available beyond that which is legally required would depend upon the magnitude of other higher ranked priorities, budget resources, economic conditions, and support of the people.