Full Disclosure

RECEIVED Mon., March 1, 2004

Dear Editor,
   First I would like to thank you, The Austin Chronicle, for endorsing me for sheriff in the Democratic primary ["Endorsements," News, Feb. 27]. I would also like to address two issues raised in the Statesman endorsement of me. The people deserve to know what happened.
   Twenty-three years ago I briefly dated a woman. We split up and went our separate ways. Thirteen years later I discovered we had had a child. I was shocked. Upon confirmation of paternity, I immediately took responsibility for my daughter. She is now a 22-year-old graduate of the University of North Texas. I want to assure voters that I have fulfilled my responsibility to my daughter. We have a good relationship, and I am proud of her.
   I would not be asking for voter support for such an important role in law enforcement if I had not met my own responsibilities. Nor would I have been able to hold the position of chief of enforcement for Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission for 10 years if I had not accepted and met my responsibilities.
   The needs of my extended family (parents, brothers, and cousins) and my immediate family, including my new daughter, put me in a financial situation that was unsustainable. In January of 1997, my wife and I filed for bankruptcy. We maintained most of our obligations and have re-established our credit worthiness since then. To be open, I presented the Statesman editorial board with the final documents.
   While at TABC I managed a $15 million budget. In my 10 years I did not go over budget. I will take the same care with the tax dollars of Travis County residents if you give me the opportunity to be your next sheriff. I felt it was necessary to explain and clarify the issues brought up in the Austin American-Statesman's endorsement article.
Greg Hamilton
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