by BRAD ROLLINS
Former Hays County Democratic Party chair Anna Martinez Boling says her pending petition for personal bankruptcy protection will not impact the party’s finances.
Two Frost Bank accounts totaling a little more than $500 in the county party’s name are listed as property held for another person in court documents. Boling and her husband Mark E. Boling filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in federal court in Austin on June 25, a little more than a month after she resigned as the Hays County Democratic Party chair.
Boling said she was required to list the assets because she had control over them within 12 months of filing for bankruptcy. Control of the accounts have since been transferred to new party chair Katie Bell Moore, Boling and Moore said.
“There is no relationship” between her personal bankruptcy and party finances, Boling said. “We just had to list all the assets we controlled going a year back.”
According to court documents, the Bolings owe $35,721 in unpaid federal income tax for 2007 and 2008. In addition, they owe $66,246 in two mortgages and $132,186 in other debt, mostly credit cards and student loans.
Boling said she and her husband came into hard times when they took 15 months off work in 2004 and 2005 to be with their newly adopted daughter and when her husband’s furniture and art gallery business failed. She said her law practice is solvent and has never lost money.
“We never in a million years thought we would find ourselves declaring bankruptcy and we went through a lot of anguish about doing it — it’s not something we took lightly. After a lot of discussion, we decided this is a mechanism in place for people who find themselves in these unexpected bad spots and we decided to file,” Boling said.
With the public backing of County Judge Elizabeth Sumter, Boling is considered a strong contender for an appointment to fill the rest of the late County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Howard S. Warner II’s term. Boling said her bankruptcy does not reflect on her ability to serve as a judge.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s being used against me but I don’t think it affects my ability to be a good judge. I trust that my resume is a good one and whatever they decide, I have no animus toward anyone,” Boling said.