Early last week Tex Riley announced his candidacy for Blanco County Judge, an elected position that will be voted upon in the forthcoming November 2 general election. Tex filed his formal declaration for write-in candidacy Monday.
The county judge may preside over cases involving criminal, civil, probate, guardianship, juvenile, and mental health law, and Tex notes that his extensive legal background makes him well qualified to serve as Blanco county judge. The county judge also has broad administrative responsibilities, presides over Commissioners Court, and is the chief budgeting officer for Blanco County.
Tex Riley is an attorney who has practiced law in Texas for over 41 years. He also is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and has practiced in various federal courts.
For 14 years Tex was an officer of Fortune 500 company Anderson, Clayton & Co. before its acquisition by Quaker Oats. Anderson Clayton was an agricultural and consumer products company whose products included Acco Feeds, Chiffon margarine, Seven Seas salad dressing, Mrs. Tucker’s shortening, Igloo ice chests, and Gaines dog food.
Tex and his wife, Chelita Riley, own a farm and ranch in mid-Blanco County southwest of Johnson City. They have lived in Blanco County for over five years.
Tex is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church in Johnson City and was a Blanco County Delegate to the Republican Party of Texas convention in June, 2010. A member of the Johnson City Lions Club, Tex’s educational background includes the degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Houston.
Tex’s wife, Chelita, also an attorney, is active in local civic and charitable organizations.
Tex says that Blanco County and the State of Texas have been good to him, and he is fortunate in being in a position to give back to the community by offering to Blanco County citizens his legal, business, and management experience coupled with his organizational and analytical skills.
During the coming weeks leading up to the November 2 election Tex intends to discuss with Blanco County citizens the issues he believes they will want to consider in deciding who best can serve Blanco County as its county judge for the next four years.