Brown determined ineligible as candidate for November ballot access

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, January 25, 2018

To The Leader

Orange County Democratic Party announced, on Thursday, it is declaring the application for ballot access for the Democratic Nomination for County Judge by Donald Glenn Brown to be not valid under the Texas Election Code.

Brown had presented a check to the County Party Secretary, Michael Cole, at the time of his filing on December 11, 2017. The check, when deposited in the party bank account was returned for Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF).

John Baker stated, “The Texas Democratic Party pointed out that the Texas Election Code is very clear on the matter.”

He is referring to Texas Election Code 172.021 (b-2) which states,

If a payment of a filing fee is returned for insufficient funds after the end of the filing period, the application is not considered to be timely filed, and the authority receiving the application shall inform the applicant that the application was not valid

Party Secretary Michael Cole stated that a certified letter had been sent out to Brown.

“He will still appear on the primary ballot, but will be marked ineligible for the November general election,” Cole said.

Cole also stated, “We are confident that we have the message and the vision to push this county into a prosperous 21st Century. However, we will not do that by violating the law. No matter how embarrassing the consequences are.”