by BRAD ROLLINS
Hays County Commissioners tapped San Marcos attorney Anna Martinez Boling to fill the vacant County Court at Law No. 1 bench.
Boling, a former Hays County Democratic Party chair, will take office effective Sept. 21. She has said she will run for a full term in the November 2010 election joining a field that already includes Assistant District Attorney David Mendoza and San Marcos attorney Tacie Zelhart.
“I know it was a difficult decision and obviously a controversial one,” Boling said after the 4-1 vote. “My promise to all of you is that I will not let you down.”
She was one of seven attorneys seeking to fill the unexpired term of the late Judge Howard S. Warner II, who died in July of cancer.
Supporters of Boling and San Marcos attorney James M. Pape, another contender, have for weeks been slogging it out in the trenches over the appointment.
That tension spilled over into day’s proceedings with Billy McNabb, one of Pape’s law partners, heatedly denouncing the decision as politically motivated. He said, “Lady Justice is supposed to be be blind. She’s not supposed to be ignorant or stupid.”
The court’s only Republican, Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley, voted against Boling’s appointment, saying he preferred either Pape or state Assistant Attorney General David Glicker.