Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
Stephen “Brint” Carlton announced he will be running for Orange County County Judge.
“I want to work for you because I know as a lawyer, health administrator, county employee, military officer, and Republican I have the right combination of leadership, experience, education, people skills, determination, and vision to provide solutions to improve our great county,” Carlton said in a press release. “ I am excited to use my youth, fresh ideas, and commitment to Orange County to work to get our county moving toward a path of financial stability.”
Carlton said he plans to reach the goal of financial stability through balanced budgets, economic growth, and fresh ideas.
“I vow to look at every county program fairly and objectively, and I will not engage in any form of favoritism,” Carlton said. “I know this will not be easy or quick, and I cannot do it on my own. This endeavor will require that the County Commissioners, county employees, county citizens, and I have the civility to work together, the dedication to work hard, the wisdom to distinguish our needs from our wants, the courage to make tough decisions, and the conviction to stay the course to ensure the fruition of our efforts.”
Carlton, 31, was born in Beaumont, raised in Orange, a Christian, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom through a six-month deployment to Kuwait. Carlton is married to Claire Carlton, and expecting their first child in May 2014. He is the son of Steve and Dale Clark Carlton, brother of Dr. Eryn Lucas, and uncle of Bryson and Briggs Lucas.
“I will run on the Republican ticket because I always have been and always will be a Republican,” Carlton said. “I believe in the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, limited government, individuals' rights, fiscal conservatism, governmental transparency, and American exceptionalism.”
Carlton is currently employed as a Juvenile Prosecutor with the Orange County District Attorney's Office where he prosecutes felony and misdemeanor offenses. He is also a health administrator holding the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force Reserve where he coordinate medical evacuations and medical planning. “My prior work experience includes time as a family law attorney defending the rights of clients and as an active duty health administrator in the United States Air Force where I was responsible for over $14 million in annual medical and dental care to 12 thousand beneficiaries and the coordination of medical emergency management resources,” Carlton said.
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Carlton’s education includes graduating from LC-M High School in 2000 as an honor graduate, earning a B.S. in Kinesiology in three years from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003, a Master of Health Administration from the University of Florida at Gainesville in 2005, and a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate (law degree) dual degree in two and a half years from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in 2011.
“My military education and training includes over 2,000 hours of extensive leadership, executive management, disaster management, anti-terrorism, and planning training through programs such as Commissioned Officer Training, Squadron Officer School, the Business Planner Course, and the Medical Readiness Planners Course,” Carlton said.
Carlton believes in volunteering and giving back to civilian and military communities.
“I have given nearly 1,000 hours through various organizations such as Base Honor Guards where I participated in 51 military funerals,” Carlton said. “My accomplishments have earned me 19 military medals and ribbons and 25 other awards including the prestigious 2008 Air Force Group Practice Manager of the Year Award given to the top group practice manager of all 81 Air Force medical facilities.”
Carlton also said his decision to run for County Judge was not made lightly.
“I was approached by concerned citizens who asked me to utilize my background to further help Orange County,” Carlton said. “I thoroughly evaluated the situation, and I truly love my current job with the District Attorney's Office, but I know I have the ability to further help this great county. This is my first attempt at elected office, and I am proud to say I will not be “business as usual”.”