Plan to replace Claudia Brown may change

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The Bell County Commissioners Court is holding a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28th to reconsider the plan to replace Claudia Brown as Justice of the Peace.

The Bell County Commissioner’s Court made the decision Feb. 19th to let the Bell County Democratic Party nominate three people to take the vacant position.

But Precinct 3 Commissioner Bill Schumann tells FOX44 News that after doing more research, some of the Commissioners wondered if they should open the selection process to candidates affiliated with other political parties.

A jury removed Bell County Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown from her position Feb. 13th after finding her incompetent to continue in the courtroom.

When Commissioners unanimously decided to let the Bell County Democratic Party nominate three people to replace her, their reasoning was that a Democrat won the seat, so Democrats should keep the seat. 

Bell County Democratic Party Chairperson Chris Rosenberg turned over a packet of candidates for the position on Monday.

She told FOX44 News the party was mainly looking for someone who has law enforcement or courtroom experience. 

“It’s my job to make sure that they are qualified and that they are Democrats,” Rosenberg says.

To be eligible for the position, a nominee must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, mentally competent, have no felony convictions, been a Texas resident for one year and lived in Bell County for six months. 

The Commissioner’s Court hoped to pick a candidate by March 1st, but if they decide to open up the process to more candidates, that deadline will probably be pushed.

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