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Young County Attorney Mix Up

Even though he basically removed himself from his elected position in a legal mix up, it appears the Young County Attorney will continue serving until an election is held in November.
Even though he basically removed himself from his elected position in a legal mix up, it appears the Young County Attorney will continue serving until an election is held in November.

It all started when Young County Attorney Dayne Miller was looking over the Graham Hospital's budget and decided he might be able to help them clear up some problems.

Young County Attorney Dayne Miller says he wanted to help the Graham Hospital District handle its finances, so he decided to run for the hospital board.

Miller declined to speak on camera but said he thought he was eligible for the position because it was unpaid.

A few days later he found out that under the state constitution,  when an elected officials is put on the ballot for another office,  he in effect resigns from his current office.

Miller tried to get off the ballot but it was too late.

That left Young County commissioners to decide if he could legally stay in his position until the election, which they decided is best for now, but it's not a permanent decision.

“The county will let him perform the duties of his office so long as the commissioners court does not act on that until that election and that term is filled by someone that qualifies,” says Young County Judge John Bullock.

Judge Bullock says he understands why commissioners decided not to take action in appointing someone new for now.

“There's some concern there on the continuity of the criminal, court, it's been running pretty good and effectively and anything that we would do as far as making an appointment in my opinion would probably disrupt that,” says Judge Bullock.

But in November Miller May have to defend his job as he says he will re-run for the position, assuming he is the candidate picked by his party.

“Each political party that holds primary elections will be eligible to nominate through it's executive committees a candidate,” says Judge Bullock.

Miller says he will turn down the hospital board position if he gets elected in hopes of winning back his county attorney seat, a seat he's held for 6 years.

As of right now no other candidate has been nominated. 

Parties have until late august to nominated candidates for the ballot.

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