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Cooke County Judge plans to call for public vote on Confederate monument

The Cooke County Judge says he will call for a public vote on the confederate monument at the courthouse.
The Cooke County Judge says he will call for a public vote on the confederate monument at the courthouse.(KXII)
Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 10:43 AM CDT
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COOKE COUNTY, Texas (KXII) - The Cooke County Judge says he will call for a public vote on the confederate monument at the courthouse.

“We cannot and should not put every issue that comes before Commissioners Court to a public vote. That is not the way the system is designed to work, and it is not the job I was elected to do. However, I view the issue regarding the Confederate monument more as a cultural issue impacting the entire county and less as a day-to-day function regarding the administration of government,” Judge Jason Brinkley said in a Facebook post.

Brinkley said the county can hold a nonbinding public referendum since the county’s official population from the 2010 census is under 40,000.

He said he plans to recommend the vote to Commissioners Court on Aug. 17 that they place the issue on the ballot for the general election in November.

There have been multiple protests this summer calling for the removal of the monument from courthouse property, where it was built in 1911.

Over the past few weeks, I have received numerous phone calls, emails, and visits regarding the Confederate monument...

Posted by Jason Brinkley on Thursday, August 6, 2020

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