By COUNTY JUDGE KEITH SELF of Collin County, Texas
For almost a year now, I’ve known that I would not run for a fourth term as county judge.
It’s an announcement I had planned to make later this year. But there are no secrets in politics, so I must make my decision public now.
As I considered this decision, I reflected on the motto of my alma mater West Point: Duty, Honor, Country. Those words forever changed my life, and they sum up my sentiments as I close out 37 years of full-time public service.
I am thankful for the opportunities I had wearing Army green around the world, and I am grateful for the trust you extended to me as your county judge.
It has been my high honor to represent Collin County for the past decade — soon to be 12 years. But I firmly believe that one should not make a long career of holding a highly visible position like county judge.
One of my primary concerns with this announcement has been the uncertainty of who might fill the role of county judge once I finished this term. I am now confident, without violating any confidence, that there will be a strong candidate capable of continuing our conservative successes of the past decade.
In the meantime, I will continue to vote to implement conservative solutions that protect private property rights, increase government transparency, and leave your hard-earned money in your pocket.
I cannot adequately express my sincerest appreciation for your support, feedback, and participation throughout this exciting and challenging decade. Tracy and I are grateful for the years we are spending and continue to spend in the trenches with you. God has blessed us richly, and we look forward to the next adventure He has for us.