By Mark Archibald — Corsicana Daily Sun
April 5, 2019
Members of the Navarro County Republican Party heard from local judges Tuesday evening April 2 during a regular meeting at its headquarters.
Precinct Chairs discussed regular business, preparations for future elections and voter engagement in addition to hearing from 13th District Judge James Lagomarsino, County Court-At-Law Judge Amanda Putman, and County Judge H.M. Davenport. Each of the judges ran as Republicans, but spoke in a largely nonpartisan role Tuesday evening.
After providing a brief summary of the types of cases each hears in their court, the judges discussed the underlying issue they often face in their courtrooms.
“If it’s not a drug case in title, we are there because of drugs,” Lagomarsino said. He and Putman share the felony docket while Davenport handles misdemeanors, probate and others in addition to his role on the Commissioner’s Court. The judges agreed the caseload is not getting smaller, and that Navarro County lacks the resources available to address the issues of addiction and mental health.
“If a person is facing mental health issues they often self-medicate,” Putman said. She said Texas ranks 48th in mental health spending per capita.
Family law and guardianship issues are the toughest issues, according to the judges.
“It’s difficult to make those decisions,” Davenport said, “especially when Alzheimer’s disease or dementia has affected someone I may know. But those decisions have to be made.”
When asked what those in the audience could do to help bring attention to the mental health funding problem, Putman suggested they contact their representatives. “Contact Cody Harris, our State Representative, and State Senator Brian Birdwell,” she said.
Republican Chairman Eric Meyers advised that Republicans heed the warnings, “Democrats are going to try to turn Texas Blue.” Meyers said he doesn’t believe that will happen, but told Precinct Chairs the way to prevent it is to get out and work now.
Navarro County has 2542 voters who are unregistered but previously identified as Republicans, he said. “Our job is to go out and register them.”
Precinct Chairs also heard regular reports and a recap of the Reagan Dinner, which was held in March. Meyers characterized the event headlined by Karl Rove as “hugely successful.” Rove served as Senior Adviser to former President George W. Bush.
Several training sessions for election workers are planned in preparation for future elections.
Dan Teed, Navarro County Elections Administrator, spoke briefly about the process and election support. More information can be found at: http://www.co.navarro.tx.us/page/navarro.elections on the web.