Re-Election Statement

A Common-sense Conservative Who Fights For Crime Victims And The People of Aransas County

My name is Kristen Barnebey and I am your Aransas County District Attorney.

Thank you for visiting my website and for allowing me to serve you. It is a privilege to help make our families safer and  continue our community effort to keep Aransas County the best place to live in the country.

I am proud of the accomplishments we have made for Aransas County. Since I took office in 2014, protecting the citizens of Aransas County, seeking justice and advising the County leadership has been a honor.

Many of you know that my family has lived in Aransas County for decades. I graduated from Rockport Fulton High School in 1986 and after a successful career practicing law across Texas, I decided to move home in 2012 to serve Aransas County and raise my children in my hometown.

My boys attend Aransas County ISD schools, and since 2012, I have volunteered for many nonprofit organizations including Odyssey After School Enrichment, the Rockport Center for the Arts, Aransas County Childrens’ Foundation and others.

As an elected official, I believe service to the community is essential. My parents taught me early on the importance of being involved in our region. I am particularly proud of my mother’s work in the arts community and that my dad was the first Republican elected as a county official where he served as a county commissioner for 12 years.

One of my first experiences in government was working on the staff of State Rep. Todd Hunter when he represented Aransas County. I still consider him my mentor and often turn to him for advice. He has always said to do what is right, even if it is unpopular at the time.

That advice has been crucial for me during these past five years as we have sought to make this office one that listens to the citizens and prosecutes areas of crime which have historically gone unpunished.

That’s why our office has prosecuted human trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect cases as well as sexual assault, illegal drugs, theft and many others.  By providing overall solutions and making hard decisions, the County District Attorney’s office has also helped educate citizens by providing solutions for longstanding local issues.

I look forward to continuing to serve the Aransas County Commissioner’s Court and victims of crime by punishing the wrongdoers, and protecting those that cannot protect themselves.  And I promise you that I will stand up for what is right and continue to follow and enforce the laws of Texas to ensure that justice prevails.

I also pledge to keep keep working with all law enforcement agencies, including the Rockport Police Department and its new Chief of Police Greg Stevens, and follow the rule of law as my Oath requires.

Thank you.

Kristen Barnebey

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Important Re-Election Dates:

Monday, February 3, 2020 (29th day before primary election day)

Last day to register to vote or make a change of address effective for the Tuesday, March 3, 2020 primary election.

Monday, February 17, 2020 (15th day before primary election day-President’s Day)

Last day for a voter to hand-deliver their application for a ballot by mail (if the early voting clerk’s office is open)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (14th day before primary election day)

First day to vote early in person.

Friday, February 28, 2020 (4th day before primary election day)

Last day to vote early in person.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, PRIMARY ELECTION DAY

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Why We Must Follow The Law

The Texas Constitution is clear when it comes to the separation of powers among the legislative, executive and judicial branches: Nobody in one branch can exercise any power belonging to the other.  This creates healthy checks and balances that our great criminal system relies upon.

Law enforcement agencies cannot choose which laws to follow or change.  When law enforcement decides to become the judge and jury instead of doing their job and investigating crimes, the system fails.  

If Texans decide to make changes, then we’ll do so through our duly elected legislators. That is the right — and only — way it should be done. Until then, it’s reasonable to expect police and prosecutors to enforce the law as written. And as for me and my office, we will continue to follow the law.

 

Many of you have heard about the conflict between the County District Attorney’s office and the Rockport Police Department. Without trying to rehash that history, let me just note that we are working hard with our new police chief to ensure that we have all the information on each case and that all parties strictly follow the law.

We must ensure that we spend your money wisely while protecting victims and making sure the integrity of the system is intact.  Following the law is vital.

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