Grimes County Judge Ben Lehman has decided not to run for re-election when his term ends next year.
Revealing his decision to a meeting of the county GOP, Lehman said he came to that difficult decision after realizing he’s pretty much done what he promised to do, that got him elected in the first place.
And now that a lot of citizen concerns like Highway 249 and the high speed rail have been reduced, he admits that the thought of running again just doesn’t feel the same.
Lehman says it’s no longer the strategic, heavy-lifting environment that he’s used to, that he thrives on and truly enjoys. And now that he’s cleared the path for this imminent growth, he says what’s needed is someone who can basically direct the traffic; who can steer that growth.
Lehman promises to continue working hard for the citizens of Grimes, but he adds that won’t include endorsing any candidates as the December deadline for filing to run next year nears. The law, he explains, doesn’t allow judges to do that.